Le Mans » Toyota takes pride from Le Mans showing

Toyota proud of the performance of the TS030 HYBRID despite neither car making it to the finish of the Le Mans 24 Hours

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Chris J - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 2:24 PM

It was a bit disappointing to see neither car finish but considering many people thought they'd be the 5th and 6th best cars out there they really took the fight to Audi and I think the future looks promising. Their qualifying pace was strong and before they retired the cars were really quick, the hybrid system worked well and although their lead was brief it took a great effort to cut down the gap to the #1 Audi. Had their accidents not happened (get well soon Ant) at least one of them would have been on the podium and leading up to Le Mans they put together a strong driver line-up that in my opinion should be retained for next season. It will be interesting to see if Toyota try different Hybrid systems or a diesel engine for next season but whatever they do, they should come back with 3 cars.

Spiney - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 8:43 PM

I quite agree with Chris, such a shame they lost both cars - sincerely hope we will see more of them. Would love to see more manufacturers coming in to take on Audi
and I do like Audi's Modus Operandi, they need more competition.
Get well soon Antony

Nanbawan - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 9:21 PM

Let's not forget the context in which they entered This race, it was a bit like Peugeot in 2007. They weren't really going for the win, it was rather a glorified test session in which they much have gathered a lot of valuable experience and data.

It's too early to have the Audi v Toyota rivalry comments I saw. I think we can all thank the Japanese team to participate while not being fully ready. It's a great service they've been doing for Le Mans and the WEC in which they were supposed to have a lighter program this year.


June 18, 2012 9:55 PM

Good job, there is lot more to do though. The car is fast, but not reliable enough, which is normal for amount of tests they have made so far and none race. After one year they'll come back much stronger and we will be witnesses to a thrilling battle between them and AUDI. Who knows, may be more factory teams will jump in, there are some romours for Honda here and there.

innes t - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 3:24 AM

Typical performance for Toyota - spend megabucks to underachieve massively. Clearly a company that doesn't get motorsport - so should stop pretending it does

Klein on F1 - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 6:36 PM

I'd say 4 World Rally titles, 3 Le Mans podium positions and a pole position, 6 JGTC/Super GT titles, 2 Japanese Touring Car titles, numerous wins in NASCAR and Can-Am (Toyota 7) and title-winning engines in CART, Formula 3 and Formula Nippon ain't too shabby for a company that doesn't 'get' motorsport.

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