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Toyota unveils TS040 Hybrid Le Mans car

Toyota reveals its contender for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, the TS040 Hybrid, a car the firm claims can almost reach 1,000bhp.
Toyota has become the last of the 'big three' manufacturers to reveal its contender for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, the TS040 Hybrid, a car the Japanese firm claims can reach almost 1,000bhp.

The manufacturer made its return to endurance racing in 2012 as a much publicised rival to Audi, but while it hasn't unseated the German firm from the top of the Le Mans 24 Hours podium, it showed signs of turning the tables during the latter stages of the World Endurance Championship.

With this in mind, Toyota have pulled out all the stops to get an edge on Audi and high-profile Le Mans returnees Porsche in 2014 with the TS040 Hybrid.

Most notably, Toyota have managed to extract greater power from its hybrid system, with the V8 petrol engine putting out 520bhp, with the system feeding back – to four wheels this time – an output that will place it close to 1000bhp.

Thanks to this technology complying with the new technical regulations brought in by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the Japanese company is counting on fuel savings of 25 per cent compared to last year for a car whose performance will be at least equal to that of 2013.

Toyota Racing will enter a pair of TS040 Hybrid's for the World Endurance Championship, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima in one car, while Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi will field the second car.


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Toyota launches its Le Mans contender, the TS040 Hybrid
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Toyota launches its Le Mans contender, the TS040 Hybrid
Toyota launches its Le Mans contender, the TS040 Hybrid
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Davidson/Buemi - Toyota Racing [pic credit: Richard Washbrooke]
Davidson/Buemi - Toyota Racing [pic credit: Richard Washbrooke]
Davidson/Buemi/Lapierre - Toyota TS040 [credit: © Richard Washbrooke]
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