Toyota Racing has reaffirmed its commitment to the world of endurance racing by unveiling a revised version of its TS030 Hybrid. The team will again contest the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and ultimately hopes to usurp reigning champions Audi at the famous 24 Heures du Mans.
Toyota Racing will run a two-car team for the 2013 season and will begin testing of its new car at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France shortly.
Driving strength includes an all-star line-up including ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima in the N07 car. The sister car (number eight) will will be piloted by other ex-F1 drivers Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin.
The 2013 TS030 Hybrid uses a revised version of the Toyota Racing hybrid system that was introduced in 2012. The super capacitor-based system delivers 221 kW of boost automatically, on top of the 390 kW generated by a 3,4-litre, normally-aspirated V8 petrol engine.
The complete WEC schedule is: Silverstone,UK (14 April), Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (4 May), Le Mans, France (22 June), Sao Paulo, Brazil (1 September), Austin, United States (22 September), Fuji, Japan (20 October), Shanghai, China (10 November) and Bahrain (30 November).