Winner of Le Mans 24 Hours

Winning is only the start of our race

After 385 intense laps of the Circuit de La Sarthe in France, two TS050 HYBRIDS took first and second place at Le Mans 2019 for the second year running.

Although it’s the oldest and most prestigious endurance race, the win is only the start of a new challenge. To improve further. To increase power, improve efficiency, reshape, remould, in a never-ending pursuit to improve our hybrid technology. The toughest challenges are those that drive us forward.

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GR Super Sport Concept

The ultimate in power and environmental performance

With Toyota’s first and second at Le Mans 2019, the hybrid technology in the next-generation GR Super Sport Concept car is truly race-tested. Now its technology is proven at the environmental and performance extremes, we begin another challenge. Directly from the active race cars, its hybrid technology honed in the heat of competition, we aim to develop more exciting sports cars. Regardless of changes in electronic and digital technology in the years ahead, we’re fully committed to making the cars you love to drive. The finish line is also the start - of our future production line.

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Powertrain Specifications
Twin-Turbo direct injection V6 engine
2,400cc
Combined power: 735kW/1000ps (Engine + Hybrid Motors)
Toyota Hybrid System – Racing (THS-R)

Why Hybrid?

Hybrid staying power

The incredible TS050 HYBRID delivers extraordinary speeds and remarkable fuel efficiency.

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Engine:
2.4-litre V6 direct-injection twin turbo
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Hybrid system:
Toyota HYBRID - System Racing (THS-R)
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Top speed:
Over 330 km/h
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Battery:
Super-lightweight, lithium ion

“I am strongly determined
to make sure that cars will
be fun for the next 100 years”
Akio Toyoda

Track limits, road learnings

We learn a lot at the limit. From energy recovery to battery cooling and downsizing, the WEC helps us significantly progress the development of our hybrid road cars.

Explore the hybrid range

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Destination WEC 2018-19

For TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, 2017/2018 had it all, euphoric victories, epic battles, painful defeats and valuable lessons.

Meet the team

Our multinational team combines a wealth of motorsport experience from around the world. Joining the team for the 2018-19 WEC season is two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso, who finally fulfils his life-long ambition of competing for victory at Le Mans.

Driven: Mike Conway’s story

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing driver, Mike Conway, shares a story of sacrifice and setback and a passion for racing that has driven him from the very beginning.

Driver 1
Car: #7

Driver: Mike Conway
Country: UK 
Best achievement: Winning at Monaco, Macau and Long Beach circuits

Driver 1
Car: #8

Driver: Sébastien Buemi
Country: Switzerland
Best achievement: Winning the 2014 World Endurance Championship

Driver 1
Car: #7

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi
Country: Japan
Best achievement: F1 podium finisher. 2017 Le Mans pole position winner

Driver 1
Car: #8

Driver: Kazuki Nakajima
Country: Japan
Best achievement: 2014 Le Mans pole position winner

Driver 1
Car: #7

Driver: José María López
Country: Argentina
Best achievement: Winning the 2014, 2015, 2016 World Touring Car Championship

Driver 1
Car: #8

Driver: Fernando Alonso
Country: Spain
Best achievement: Two-time F1 world champion

Dramatic one-two finish in Le Mans

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Event 8 - Le Mans 24 Hours

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing won the 87th Le Mans 24 Hours with a one-two finish at the Circuit de la Sarthe following a dramatic final hour of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, in the #8 TS050 HYBRID, defended their Le Mans crown and secured the drivers’ World Championship in the process, winning by 16.9secs from team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in the #7.

But those bare facts do not reflect the true drama of the closing stages, which denied the #7 what seemed a certain victory in front of 252,500 spectators.

On the 367th lap, with a lead of over two minutes, data on the #7 car indicated a puncture and José pitted to replace the tyre. A sensor issue resulted in the wrong tyre being identified, meaning José left the pits still with a deflating tyre. That necessitated a slow lap back to the pits when all four tyres were changed, handing an unassailable lead to Kazuki in the #8.

The #7 crew had controlled much of the contest, having set the fastest-ever Le Mans race lap of 3mins 17.297secs. Other motorsport records were rewritten too; Kazuki became the first circuit-racing World Champion from Japan and Fernando is the second driver to win four-wheel world titles in two different disciplines, having previously been crowned Formula 1 champion.

The #7 car had started the race from pole position following Kamui’s fastest qualifying lap, with the #8 starting just behind. That set the scene for an exciting and close battle for overall victory between the two 1,000PS TS050 HYBRIDs, with momentum swinging one way and then the other.

After 12 hours the two TOYOTAs were separated by only 8.6secs. In the night, the #7 seized a decisive advantage as the sister car faced an aerodynamic imbalance. That was caused by bodywork damage due to the rigours of a tough, flat-out contest although the cars were always on the same lap.

As the final hours approached, the gap remained relatively stable around two minutes and the focus switched to bringing the cars home safely. All appeared to be going to plan until the #7 experienced its dramas and Kazuki took the lead with less than an hour to go.

Le Mans 24 Hours results:

1st

#8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

385 laps

 

2th

#7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

+16.972secs

 

3rd

#11 SMP (Petrov/Aleshin/Vandoorne)

+6 laps

 

4th

#1 Rebellion (Jani/Lotterer/Senna)

+9 laps

 

5th

#3 Rebellion (Laurent/Berthon/Menezes)

+15 laps

 

6th

#36 Signatech Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet)

+17 laps

 

Toyota claim the WEC teams' title at Spa-Francorchamps

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Event 7 - Spa-Francorchamps

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has won the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) teams’ title following victory at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

The #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso won a dramatic and weather-affected race, securing the team’s first FIA WEC title since 2014.

A wild race saw snow, hail, rain and sun all within the space of 6 hours, but following many safety car periods and full-course yellows, the #8 car prevailed. The #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López ran strongly through the first part of the race before losing time in the pits due to a sensor issue and finishing in sixth position.

Although the teams’ title has been wrapped up, the drivers’ title will go all the way to the final race of the season in June – the Le Mans 24 Hours. The #8 crew has a 31-point advantage over the sister #7 car with 39 points available at the legendary French race.

Toyota extends WEC lead with one-two result at Sebring

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Event 6 - Sebring

Toyota Gazoo Racing clinched a one-two finish in the 1,000 Miles of Sebring on Friday, the sixth round of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso in the No8 TS050 Hybrid took the chequered flag after eight hours of racing to win their third event of the season and stretch the team’s World Championship lead to 15 points.

Shanghai success

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Event 5 - Shanghai

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López claimed their second successive win of the season with victory in the 6 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday. Following up their success in the previous round of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji in Japan, the trio in the No7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid have closed the gap in the driver’s title race to just five points, with three races remaining.

Their team-mates Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso held on to top spot in the table thanks to a second place finish, while Toyota Gazoo Racing heads the teams’ standing by 28 points.

Fantastic Fuji one-two for Toyota GAZOO Racing

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Event 4 - Fuji

Toyota Gazoo Racing delighted a home crowd by delivering a one-two result in the 6 Hours of Fuji on 14 October, the fourth round of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Fuji result extends Toyota Gazoo Racing’s lead in the teams’ World Championship to 14 points over Rebellion Racing. Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso stretched their advantage in the drivers’ standings, with Conway, Kobayashi and López moving up to second, 13 points behind.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing lose one-two victory

Event 3 - 6 Hours of Silverstone

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has lost its one-two victory in the 6 Hours of Silverstone following a post-race technical inspection.

The #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso crossed the line to win the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship from Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in the second-placed #7 TS050 HYBRID.

Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new kerbs at Silverstone. Regrettably, this also caused both cars to fail deflection tests in post-race scrutineering. As a result, race stewards disqualified both cars.

The design and construction of the part concerned has not changed since its introduction at the beginning of the 2017 season. Since then it has successfully passed similar tests, most recently at Spa this season.

The team is now evaluating its next course of action.

Toyota GAZOO Racing take the win in Le Mans

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Event 2 - Le Mans 24 Hours

Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso started from pole position in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid and claimed their win after 388 tense and often dramatic laps of the La Sarthe circuit. The result extends their lead in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The result is the culmination of intense and determined efforts by Toyota Gazoo racing colleagues from Higashi-Fuji in Japan and Cologne, Germany, to continually improve the hybrid electric technology which powers the race cars. In winning this weekend’s race, the race cars used 35 per cent less fuel than in 2012, when Toyota returned to international endurance racing.

Akio Toyoda, Toyota President, congratulated the team and credited their success to the hard work and determination of everyone involved and their commitment to kaizen – the continuous improvement that is a core principle of Toyota. He said: “Finally, we won 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. I want to enjoy the great feeling today with all fans who have supported us for long time. Of course this is another step towards the next challenge so I would like to ask your continuous support from now on too. Thank you very much.”

The team will now have a nine-week break before returning to action in the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, on 17-19 August.

Spa clean sweep for Toyota GAZOO Racing

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Event 1 - Spa Francorchamps

A one-two finish gave Toyota Gazoo Racing a perfect start to their 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.

It was a debut victory with the team for new recruit Fernando Alonso, and a second successive WEC win at the Belgian circuit for Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

This was Toyota’s 17th win from 49 WEC races, its fourth consecutive victory and its third at Spa. Toyota leads both the teams’ and drivers’ World Championships going into the Le Mans 24 Hours on 16-17 June.

2018-19 WEC Calendar

Modified: 17 June 2019

Information correct at time of publication.

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