Toyota Le Mans Race Cars Heading to Goodwood Festival of Speed

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Toyota fans attending this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will be in for a treat.

The Japanese automaker will be celebrating its Le Mans legacy at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing out four prototype race cars from the last 20 years, including its new TS040 Hybrid race car that will debut at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race. The event will mark the first time Toyota has gathered up its Le Mans race cars for a public showing.

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Joining the 2014 TS040 Hybrid will be three heritage race cars: TS010 from the early 90s, TS020 and the TS030 Hybrid that the automaker has been competing with for the last few years. The TS010 competed at the 1992 and 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours, finishing in second place in 1992 and fourth place in 1993. The TS020, more commonly known as the GT-One, was the first ever carbon fiber monocoque chassis designed by a computer for Toyota and was powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 600 hp.

As for the TS030 Hybrid, it sports a 3.4-liter V8 paired to a hybrid KERS system and finished in third and fifth in 2012 while last year the pair of race cars completed fourth and fifth finishes. The TS030 Hybrid did find success in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) series last year however, gathering up five race victories.

Continuing with the race trend, Toyota will also bring its Imperial Toyota Hilux that competed in this year’s Dakar Rally to a fourth place finish, the TMG EV race car that set an all-electric record at Pikes Peak, a Group B Celica and a WRC Celica GT-Four race car.

The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off on June 26.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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