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Toyota TS030 Racer Ready for Le Mans

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Toyota TS030 hybrid race car

This week, Toyota Racing took the wraps off its latest version of the now famous TS030 hybrid race car, set to carry the team in a hotly contested 24 Hours of Le Mans event in 2013. Unlike last season, when the team got off to a late start, this year will see the Toyota Racing team take on a full slate of FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) races, which include contests at Silverstone, UK; Shanghai, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Austin, Texas; Fuji, Japan, and of course the 24-hour race in Le Mans, France.

Toyota TS030: Video

Some of the drivers and crew involved with the Toyota TS030 sound off in the following video clip, explaining not only what went into the creation of the amazing car, but exactly what it feels like to drive a racing machine that gets a boost of power midway through a run which is already quite fast. Featuring some spectacular footage of the car in action, both in the shop and on the track, the video also spends time with the drivers as they discuss last year’s racing results and look forward to that 2013 might hold. Having begun 2012 later than most other teams, the Toyota racing crew in fact drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as their first event of the year in 2012, a formidable challenge to be sure.

Toyota TS030 Hybrid Race Car

Toyota’s racing team, with its advanced hybrid car, has been instrumental in establishing hybrid racers as a staple on the international circuit. With each passing year, the number of hybrid entries grows, thus 2013 will be perhaps the most competitive season so far.

For more about Toyota Hybrid Racing, see the organization’s official website:
For information about Toyota’s non-racing vehicles, see the Japanese automaker’s corporate site:

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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