The Toyota TS030 Hybrid Le Mans car is going to begin testing, again, on May 4 following a crash which put the car out of commission and caused the race team to miss what was supposed to be the first real race for the car, the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
This means that the TS030 will have its first real world race at 24 hours of Le Mans, which was not the intended plan as Le Mans is a grueling race that Toyota hoped to be bettered prepared for.
The monocoque body of the first TS030 was damaged in the accident, so the production time on the second car had to be seriously sped up, and will be transported to Magny-Cours circuit in France for testing as soon as it is ready.
“I would like to express my thanks to the staff members at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH who have worked so hard to deliver our second monocoque ahead of schedule. Now we have a very intense testing program to prepare for Le Mans, beginning with an initial functionality test to shakedown our systems,” said Yoshiaki Kinoshita, the Toyota Race Team president.
Toyota will be entering two TS030 cars at Le Mans, marking the first hybrids to run in the race.