Toyota TS040 Hybrid Race Car Racks Up Its Second Win


The Toyota TS040 hybrid race car racked up its second win in as many races at last week’s FIA World Endurance Championship race. This pair of races will serve as a platform for attack when TOyota takes on perennial champion Audi at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The victory at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium this past Saturday put Toyota in a dominating spot going into the historic race at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Anthony Davidson took the lead and the checkered flag in his No. 8 Toyota TS040 hybrid, with the No.7 Toyota following in third place. Davidson’s run was more than a minute faster than the fastest Audi, and he also posted the fastest lap time of the day too, 2:01.327 at a top speed of 207.8 MPH, almost 2 MPH faster than the new Audi R18 e-tron.

It’s about more than just Toyota and Audi though, as the Porsche 919 Hybrid was nipping at the heels of both with a solid fourth-place finish. The pressure is on Audi to deliver, though a lot can happen between now and the start of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Source: FIA WEC

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.