The FIA World Endurance Championship is one of the most thrilling racing series and with less than a month to spare before the new season kicks off, Toyota has take the wraps off its 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship race car.
Giving a new direction to its motorsport activities, Toyota has unveiled the new TS040 Hybrid race car that will debut on 20th April at the Six Hours of Silverstone race. To beat competitors like Porsche and Audi one needs power and the TS040 Hybrid is full of it. Powered by an interesting powered, the TS040 Hybrid produces a max of 986 hp or 736 kW. Of the whopping 986 hp, 513 hp is produced from a 3.7 liter V8 petrol unit, while the remaining 473 hp comes as an all-wheel drive hybrid boost.
The powertrain has been changed in accordance with the revised WEC technical regulation as per which teams need to use 25 % less fuel than the previous year. Because of the new regulations, Toyota Racing were able to increase the hybrid output by adopting a new motor/generator on the front axle alongside the one at the rear. When brakes are applied on the race car, the motor-generator units work in conjunction with the mechanical brakes and collect energy.
When the vehicle accelerates again, the stored energy is delivered to all the four wheels to provide additional boost. The chassis of the TS040 Hybrid was developed and manufactured in Cologne (Germany) by Toyota Motorsport (TMG). Compared to the 2013 TS040 Hybrid model, the new car’s overall width has been reduced by 10 mm and it comes with additional safety features.
Furthermore, several revision were made to the profile of the car to manage airflow resulting in reduced drag and enhanced fuel efficiency while increasing the downforce.
Although the new race car has already underwent 12 days of testing across Europe, Toyota will further test it rigorously ahead of the season-opening race.