Toyota GAZOO Racing unveil Le Mans Hypercar and retain drivers lineup

Reigning overall Le Mans winners Toyota GAZOO Racing has fully revealed their Toyota GR010 Hybrid to debut in the new Hypercar category.

The new Hypercar era is set to succeed the former LMP1 category which stood at the pinnacle of global endurance prototypes.

Toyota, Glickenhaus and ByKolles will be set to debut their Le Mans Hypercars in this year’s Season 9.

Hisatake Murata, Team President said: “This car represents our next generation of racing hybrid. During our LMP1 era, since 2012, we worked tirelessly to improve and strengthen our hybrid technology for racing.

“The GR010 Hybrid is a preview of our road-going cars and what we learn on the WEC race tracks will directly benefit our customers.

“For this reason, we are delighted to welcome new competitors to the top category of WEC; a tough fight on the track will inspire us to continuously improve and push the limits for better.”

The GR010 Hybrid utilises an all-new hybrid powertrain, combining a 3.5L V6 petrol engine producing 680 ps combined with a 272 ps electric drive – totalling a peak output of 952 ps.

The car is also based on its roadgoing equivalent the GR Super Sport; a spyder version was unveiled at Le Mans last year.

They will retain their outgoing driver lineups: Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez, and Kamui Kobayashi of the #7 and Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Brendon Hartley in the #8.

Lopez gave his thoughts:

“I love to drive this kind of car; the GR010 HYBRID is a new friend for us and we have all really enjoyed the first tests.

“I am sure the fans will be very impressed with the way these new Le Mans Hypercars sound and look; the lines are really cool and the V6 engine makes a fantastic sound.

“The drivers and engineers have had to adapt to the different characteristics, particularly the weight and the different way the hybrid is deployed.”

Upcoming WEC debutant and LMH rival Glickenhaus have been comparably open on what their 007 LMH model’s appearance and powertrain infrastructure.

Glickenhaus has stated their intentions not to go to the Sebring season opener on March 17/18 but will continue their programme through building, testing and picking driver lineups ahead of a two-car entry at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Toyota are set to proceed as targeted to go to Sebring in March for the Prologue testing and 1000 Miles of Sebring.

Stay tuned on Last Lap for a detailed technical profile of the all-new GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercar plus a couple more perspectives from the drivers themselves.

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