Le Mans » Toyota set to resume testing

Yoshiaki Kinoshita: I would like to express my thanks to the staff members at Toyota Motorsport GmbH who have worked so hard to deliver our second monocoque ahead of schedule

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race fan - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 9:47 PM

It really doesn't inspire much confidence in Toyota's effort that we're a month away from Le Mans and they have no finished cars, with one maybe coming online in a few days...

Sports car fan - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 2:48 AM

If not for the testing accident, Toyota would have 2 complete chassis and a race at Spa under their belts before getting to Le Mans...

As it was they crashed at the 2nd 30 hour test they were running so while potentially not a race winner yet I don't think they will be embarrassed by it either... we'll get our first proper comparison in a month

David Chaste - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 7:29 AM

with all this waiting game they better put a good show at lemans.The best toyota carshould be mixing it up with the audis, or at the very least beat the dome, the lola-toyotas and the acuras.

stefanvv - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 11:23 AM

Well, who knows. We'll see some new techologic cars in Le Mans, AUDI also will go with hybrid as Toyota will. Both teams have successful endurance experience (AUDI much more and much recent) it will be interesting to see these in action. But may be it is too early for Toyota to fight for podium this year, I can't imagine AUDI to risk the championship which is less "durable" than R18.

Sports car fan - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 2:33 AM

Anyone that has followed the Toyota project with any interest already knows that the original chassis was designed so they could test both a front drive and a rear drive hybrid system, so while a major crash DOES give them the opportunity to make a definite decision one way or the other, I tend to doubt that the potential gain would outweigh the actual loss of track time in preparation for Le Mans. As many manufacturers have proven in the past (Toyota AND Audi included) testing is not the same as racing and I am sure Toyota would've much rather gone to Spa and raced.

I also doubt there is "monumental" flaw in the original design as the car had already done 1 30 hour test and was in the middle of its 2nd when the crash occurred so I think, if such a "monumental" flaw existed, it would've been discovered much sooner.. combine this with feedback from the testing drivers having been very positive

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