A Le Mans Comeback?
Hoping that the third time is the charm, Toyota introduced the new TS030 Hybrid at the 2012 Le Mans. The Toyota team suffered further problems as one model crashed out while the other, which was actually leading the race, had technical issues. That being said, although the cars crashed out, their ability to perform as hybrids really started to bridge the gap between sustainable technologies and motorsport.
Toyota’s comeback didn’t quite get off to the start they wanted, but they learnt from 2012 and as a result their improvements to the TS030 hybrid secured second and fourth bring them back into title contention in following years.
Or so they thought.
Between 2013 and 2018 saw Toyota suffer from continuous regulation changes, wiring issues, technical problems, or simply unsatisfying sixth and eighth place finishes. All despite the fact that the evolved TS040 and TS050 were, like its predecessors, the fastest and most impressive hybrids in their category – so surely they were finally due a Le Mans win?
Toyota’s years of hard work, innovative hybrid technologies and ability to produce the quickest and most impressive cars on the Le Mans track secured the elusive result they desired most – a Le Mans win.
Dubbed by Toyota as the ‘super-season,’ their 20th and 21st entry into Le Mans achieved a top-two finish for the TS050 Hybrid in both 2018 and 2019. A great result.
Although the 2020 Le Mans schedule has been pushed back to September, Toyota Gazoo Racing are still eager to participate in the competition because of their commitment to making ever better cars.