Toyota has already prepared its car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, held on 22 and 23 June. The TS030 Hybrid 2013-spec debut had a sour taste in the 6 Hours of Spa held this past weekend, as it was forced off by brake overheating problems.
Toyota Racing has released its hybrid racing car competition, the TS030 Hybrid 2013, will be in charge of fighting for victory in the next 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new Japanese prototype has a number of changes aimed at improving performance, reliability and ease of maintenance.
The changes focus on the chassis, a revised aerodynamic package and a monohull with a new design, aiming to minimize the extra 15 kilos minimum weight of LMP1 prototypes.
As for the mechanics Toyota TS030 Hybrid 2013 has also been revised to improve reliability and efficiency. Along with its 3.4-litre V8 engine, which develops 530 hp, is the 'KERS', which in the case of Toyota is based on supercapacitors to provide extra 300hp.
Toyota racing played a key role in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, but just missed the podium in the second round of the FIA World Endurance (WEC).
Anthony Davidson, Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi driving the TS030 Hybrid 2012 # 8, have not fallen by making a great run at the end of which they finished fourth.
However, the 2013 version of the car, given to the crew of the No. 7, Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, was not able to complete their first race despite a hotly contested race start where it is beaten at the forefront.
Shortly after the halfway point, the hybrid system No. 7 Toyota ceased all energy recovery, which caused overheating of the rear brakes.
The TS030 Hybrid combines regenerative braking and conventional hydraulic braking and these two elements are essential to the normal operation of the vehicle. Therefore, the team had no choice but to remove the No. 7 of the race.
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