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Last year, the debut of the Toyota TS030 Hybrid didn’t go as well as the Japanese automaker planned at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a major crash and disappointing finish the team did manage to close out the season strong proving that it could be a true rival to the endurance racing powerhouse at Audi.
When Toyota arrives at the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year with its new TS030 hybrid race car, the automaker will do so with a vehicle that has been untested in competition.
Plans to compete in the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps on May 5th as a practice run have been shelved after an accident damaged the team’s only running chassis during testing earlier this month at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. According to Toyota the damage to the chassis is too significant to repair and, ” A replacement monocoque cannot be produced and sufficiently tested to ensure reliability within the limited time available.”
“We are deeply saddened to announce this decision and our sympathies are with the drivers, team members and fans who have been anticipating the Spa race so eagerly,” said Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Toyota Racing Team President. ” Since the accident we have looked into all options but unfortunately there is no alternative course of action open to us.”
As a result Toyota has informed the FIA World Endurance Championship it will pull out of the race at Spa, instead making its competition debut June 16th at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Toyota will be sporting some nice hardware at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed, debuting the TS030 hybrid Le Mans car, the Dynojet Racing-prepared Toyota Avensis and Gazoo Racing LFA and GT86.
The Festival of Speed, as the name suggests, celebrates racing heritage and fast cars, both of which Toyota has to offer.
Toyota Racing driver Anthony Davidson is set to show off the TS030 hybrid racer on the famous hill course at Goodwood. The Dynojet Toyota Avensis will take some laps with BTCC driver Frank Wrathall behind the wheel. Wrathall raced to four podium finishes in his rookie season piloting the Aventis, and perfectly fits the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s chosen theme for 2012, “Young Guns – Born To Win.” The Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA and GT86 will be on hand for festival goers to appreciate and drool over.
To coincide with the cars release, Toyota will also display regular road going GT86′s to the public to drum up some hype and hopefully sales around the cars official UK release date.
We expect more announcements from Toyota in the coming weeks about additions to its Festival of Speed cars, as well as its famous faces.
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With the recent announcement by Audi that it will enter a hybrid diesel R18 race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this season, Toyota is not going to have an easy time trying to take the checkered flag.
That said, the Japanese automaker has been rigorously testing its entry, the TS030, a gasoline electric prototype designed to showcase Toyota’s leadership in hybrid technology.
In addition to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota has announced it will also compete with the car in the World Endurance Championship series.
For a behind the scenes look at testing of the TS030 watch the video below: