Toyota to quit endurance racing? No, it won’t
WHILE Toyota Gazoo Racing has already signed up for the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, the final year for the current- LMP1 regulations, it was holding off committing to the series on a longer term.
But after the Automobile Club de l’Ouest revealed on June 15 the final details of the new technical regulations Toyota Gazoo Racing confirmed it will continue its participation in the WEC’s 2020-2021 season, saying it will be present on the grid when the new generation of top-class endurance racecars make their WEC debut in late 2020.
The decision followed detailed discussions among the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and several stakeholders, including Toyota Gazoo Racing.
The team is expected to enter the 2020-2021 season with a hybrid-powered prototype based on the GR Super Sport road car. Both road and racecar are undergoing design and intensive development at the company’s technical centers in Toyota City, Japan and Cologne, Germany, Toyota said in a statement.
It added the team looks forward to competing against other sports car manufacturers in the new top category of WEC and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Track testing of the new racecar, the name of which will be revealed at a later date, will begin next year prior to the start of the 2020-2021 season while further details about the GR Super Sport road car will be issued afterward, Toyota said.
Toyota Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama expressed optimism the new regulations “will bring about a new golden age of endurance racing” as manufacturers fight for Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“For Toyota Gazoo Racing, this new era of competition is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our credentials not only as a race team against some of the best in the business, but also as a sports car manufacturer,” he said.
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