TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) will be ready for 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) after launching its all-new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar.
In case you didn’t know, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is the reigning World Champions and three-time Le Mans winners, will defend it against new manufacturer competitors using a racing version of the upcoming hypercar road car. According to the team, the racing prototype was developed over the last 18 months in partnership by engineers at the team’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany and the electric hybrid powertrain experts at Higashi-Fuji in Japan.
Specs on the GR010 HYBRID was also released by the team which features a powerful four-wheel drive racing hybrid powertrain, with a 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine, providing 680PS to the rear wheels and combining with a 272PS motor generator unit, developed by AISIN AW and DENSO, on the front axle. Toyota claimed the racing prototype has a total output capped at 500kW (680PS), meaning sophisticated electronics will reduce engine power according to the amount of hybrid boost deployed.
As the racing series refreshed itself, a cost-cutting initiative has been incorporated in the regulations for all the team for fairplay. This means the new GR010 HYBRID is 162kg heavier and with 32% less power than its TS050 HYBRID predecessor, with Le Mans lap times expected to be around 10secs slower. It also has bigger dimensions; it is 250mm longer, 100mm wider and 100mm higher.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing enters its ninth season in WEC with the same driver line-up which brought Le Mans and World Championship glory to the team in the 2019-2020 campaign. Newly-crowned World Champions Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will drive the #7 GR010 HYBRID while Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley race with the #8 car. Nyck de Vries continues in his role as test and reserve driver.