24 Hours of Le Mans Revealed: 2013 Toyota Hybrid Racer to Take On LeMans (w/ video)

Published on February 22nd, 2013 | by Jo Borras

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Revealed: 2013 Toyota Hybrid Racer to Take On LeMans (w/ video)

Toyota Hybrid

For a while there, it seemed like the only thing standing between Audi and another LeMans trophy was Toyota and their hybrid racecar … but it wasn’t meant to be, as one of the two cars took part a dramatic aerial flip (after a collision with a GT car) and a smaller accident followed by an engine failure put both of Toyota’s cars out before the end of the race. The thing is, though, that the Toyotas were leading the race at one point – ahead of the Audis. Their performance at LeMans, their 3 victories later in the season, and the bitter aftertaste of yet “so close, yet so far” performance from Toyota has led Road&Track (among others) to say that “the real race will be (in 2013)”.

It’s 2013 now, and the car you see above is the new deal Toyota Hybrid LeMans racer.

Set to start undergoing testing at Paul Ricard Circuit this week (and probably driving ’round the storied track as I write this), the updated Toyota hybrid TS030 model racecar has a revised hybrid system boosting the car’s naturally-aspirated, 530 hp, 3.4L V8 engine with a fast-releasing, capacitor-based boost good for over 300 hp whenever it’s needed.

Read “whenever it’s needed” as “whenever one of those damned Audi diesels is nearby” and you’ll have figured out about 90% of the Toyota hybrid pilot’s strategy.

No word on the car’s lap times, yet, but you can never really tell with testing. We’ll see how the new Toyota TS030 does, in earnest, this June. Until then, you can check in on the Toyota’s progress in the video, below.

 

Source: World Car Fans.




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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Capacitor based boost? Ohhhhh! electric technologies expand? When will highest voltages reduce electric drive sizes, weights? Is there a “new HV battery/capacitor technology” in the offing? A chemical change capacitor Battery dependent on high voltage/chemical phenomenon yet to be explored?
    Once upon a time a depleted uranium battery using Hf/sulphuric was proposed?
    Is this the “new frontier”? Where American ingenuity can save the day?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177916620 Jo Borras

      Considering the number of US companies pushing forward advanced hybrid tech is effectively zero, I’m betting whatever next steps there may be will come from Japan, Germany, China, or some other country that pushes science in its classrooms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177916620 Jo Borras

    Considering the number of US companies pushing forward advanced hybrid tech is effectively zero, I’m betting whatever next steps there may be will come from Japan, Germany, China, or some other country that pushes science in its classrooms.

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