With Toyota’s return to the World Endurance Championship with a hybrid race car, the international racing community had a new and very strong competitor to watch out for. After an unsuccessful 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, the Toyota TS030 Hybrid race car has taken its first victory at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, the fifth round of the WEC.
24 Hours of Le Mans
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?
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It took Mazda almost 20 years to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and since their 1991 victory the small Japanese automaker has taken a hiatus from endurance racing. But now that Mazda has a new line of SkyActiv engines it needs to promote, they’re looking to return to Le Mans in a big […]
For the first time ever, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by a hybrid race car, with Audi taking home its 11th Le Mans win and continuing its utter domination of endurance racing. Despite severely curtailing when and where the hybrids could use their extra power, it was clear from the onset that […]
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With its low weight, extreme fuel efficiency, and radical engineering, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that we’re big fans of Nissan’s Deltawing LeMans racer here at Gas2. Watching the car get knocked out of contention at this weekend’s LeMans race, then, was tough. As tough as it was on us, it was […]
after 24 hours of big crashes and some brutal racing, the winner was indeed an Audi hybrid, with the car piloted by the team of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler, and Treluyer Benoit taking the checkered flag. Indeed, the German brand swept the podium, with the second R18 e-tron hybrid taking second place and an Audi R18 Ultra coming in third. But what of the other hybrid/experimental racers?
After weeks of waiting, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is finally here. And it is an extra-special race this year what with hybrid race cars from both Audi and Toyota taking to the field, as well as the experimental Nissan DeltaWing. So far, the hybrid cars are putting on an impressive showing, with the No. 18 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro taking the 1st place pole position during qualifying, following by a non-hybrid Audi R18, and then one of the two Toyota TS030 hybrids. That means of the top three qualifying cars, two were hybrids.