Toyota's Hybrid Racer Is Broken – No Debut Race In May

Toyota TS030 Broken During Testing

Toyota’s amazing sounding hybrid sports car was supposed to make its debut at the Spa-Francorchamps 6 hour race scheduled for May 5th. Great things are expected from this race car, but we’re all going to have to wait another month to see them.

Toyota has managed to crash the TS030 Hybrid badly enough to damage its monocoque during testing in the south of France, and since the team appears to have only built one structural skin, the car cannot be driven until they manufacture another one.

Silence In The Pit Lane

The good news is that Toyota thinks it can build a new skin for its car by the time the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race kicks off on June 16th; the bad is of course that should they happen to crash during testing again, the car’s debut may be pushed back even further (since they’ve not said they’re manufacturing a back-up monocoque this time either).

Toyota Racing representative Kinoshita Yoshiaki delivered a very polite apology to Japanese (and other) fans, as transcribed by

“We regret very much to disappoint all the fans looking forward to the Spa race. Unfortunately, as we carefully examined all the possibilities, in the end the only decision we could make was to walk away from it. We’re currently manufacturing a new monocoque, and testing for the Le Mans race will resume as quickly as humanly possible.”

Anyone else disappointed by the lack of awesome Toyota hybrid race cars at Spa-Francorchamps? Let us know in the comments, below.

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Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.