On the back of a single day of running to check systems in France, Toyota has now completed a full programme of testing over three days in Spain as it continues planning for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The team ran with a new aerodynamic package and updated hybrid system as all five drivers currently signed to drive the TS030 in the French classic took turns behind the wheel at the Motorland Aragon circuit.
The team also used the time on track to work on Michelin tyre testing while pit-stop practice in race conditions was also carried out.
“Motorland is representative of Le Mans circuit in terms of track layout, asphalt characteristics and weather conditions,” technical director Pascal Vasselon said. “Therefore, we have been able to evaluate several options on our new bodywork and develop it with the Le Mans 24 Hours in mind. Adding to that, we continue our work on the assessment of Michelin's tyre range to ensure we can cover all kinds of temperature and track conditions.
“The endurance test has not been as smooth as we expected. We had a couple of issues but we fixed them to achieve a reasonable mileage. Step by step, we are close to having a car capable to do a 24-hour race. After such a long time without being on track, I am pleased to see that both team and car have made a real step forward. Even if we would have liked to hit the track in the past weeks, we have used this time as a benefit.”
The test marked the first run in the car for former Peugeot driver Anthony Davidson, who will share the #8 car with Sebastien Buemi and a third driver still to be confirmed after the withdrawal of Hiroaki Ishiura earlier this week.
Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima will share the sister #7 car.