Monday, 17 March 2014
Japanese Car Dealer
Toyota has released the first details about the 2014 TS040 HYBRID.
Set to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the TS040 HYBRID is described as a "major evolution" of the TS030 HYBRID.
The company is keeping details a closely guarded secret but they confirmed the model has a four-wheel drive hybrid system thanks to the addition of a new Aisin AW motor/generator on the front axle. It is backed up by a rear motor/generator and a V8 petrol engine.
Little else is known about the car but it rides on a new chassis and features "advanced aerodynamics and [a] lightweight design."
The company will field two cars and they will be driven by Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin. Mike Conway will also serve as a test driver and a reserve driver.
According to Toyota Racing team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita, "We are very much looking forward to this new season with our new car, the TS040 HYBRID. The 2014 season is an important one for TOYOTA Racing; after two years we have built up a lot of experience and now, with new regulations, all teams start from a level playing field." He went on to say "We are competing in order to test the latest hybrid technology in the most extreme motorsport environments and this has a direct influence on future road car technology. This year we will benefit from a four-wheel drive hybrid system using our proven super-capacitor storage solution and this will provide a very substantial acceleration boost."
Source: Japanese Car Dealer