Toyota reckon it produces 1,000PS – around 984bhp!
Toyota Racing today launched its new TS040 Hybrid car prior to the team’s third season of FIA World Endurance Championship competition, with a revised driver line-up.
After two years of the same line-ups in the #7 and #8 cars, the team has slightly reshuffled its driver crews. That means Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima share the #7 car while Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi are in the #8.
They will have an all-new car at their disposal for 2014 following the introduction of the TS040 HYBRID, which features a number of significant changes compared to its predecessor.
A bigger hybrid system now delivers a maximum of 1000PS to all four wheels while the car is, by regulation, narrower and runs on narrower tyres, with advanced aerodynamics optimising air flow. As part of the new regulations, fuel usage is strictly controlled to encourage more efficiency and as a result drivers are required to adapt their driving style.
Ahead of the official car launch at Paul Ricard today, the drivers gave their impressions of the new TS040 Hybrid and their feelings for the upcoming season.
I wonder what the fuel usage is on these new cars, and how it compares to the new F1 engines. Interesting that they have three different tiers of hybrid power they can choose from under the P1 rules, and Audi have chosen a different one to Toyota. Definitely a lot more technical freedom for teams to choose their own path, and it’s a testament to the rules that the cars always seem to end up so closely matched despite massive technical differences.
@rjoconnell – That’s me as well. And what I think is more incredible is that the hybrid system is producing almost as much power as the V8. It’s amazing, and ought to bode well for Toyota, especially with the 4WD configuration they now have. I sincerely hope that those numbers translate to competitiveness on the track.
The front does look ugly, but it’s not F1 ugly… it’s more badass ugly. And if it has that savage power, I don’t care! WEC is shaping a milliom times better than F1. I’m sure more and more manufacturers will join in years to come if they keep doing a good job with the regulations.