Toyota’s Hybrid Race Car To Make UK Debut

Whoever says hybrids are still slow, obviously isn’t much of a racing fan.

This weekend though, real racing fans will get a chance to see a technological marvel take to the UK’s Silverstone race track. There, one of Toyota’s TS030 HYBRID race car will take to the track for the first time since their Le Mans debut. Will Toyota’s sophomore effort go better than its debut?

Back To The Track

I think so. As a racing fan, I have grown accustomed to the tactics teams employ. Racing is a marathon, not a sprint, and right now Toyota isn’t necessarily looking to grab the checkered flag. The TS030 is an excellent car, as it proved in the opening hours of Le Mans, and the drivers are no doubt pushing it in pursuit of victory.

With a 3.4 liter V8 engine coupled to two electric motors (one at the front, one at the rear), the hybrid setup of the Toyota TS030 allows for some incredible turning and performance capabilities. Conventional gas-or-diesel only setups simply can’t compete with the instant torque of electric motors.

But racing teams need time to collect data in real world racing situations. It was a bold move for Toyota to debut the TS030 HYBRID at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the most highly-watched racing events in the world. But a nasty accident took one of the HYBRID race cars out of the action, and technical issues sidelined the second one, though not before putting the Nissan DeltaWing into the wall.

Data Drives Victory

But the Toyota team is back for Round 4 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, at least with one car. I’m going out on a limb and assuming the other car was all but unsalvageable after the high-flying accident that seriously injured driver Anthony Davidson.

The Toyota team has no doubt learned from its Le Mans experience, putting the data mined from the competition to work. Toyota’s efforts will no doubt pay off if they stick with it; the TS030 was running neck and neck with the eventual Le Mans winners, the Audi R18 e-tron diesel hybrids.

Will Toyota make a triumphant return to victory lane? Or will this merely be another data-mining exercise?

Source: Hybrid Cars

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.