The Audi R18 e-tron Has To Watch Out For The 2015 Toyota TS040 Hybrid This Year Because Japs Got It Even Better
The World Endurance Championship is just days away now and apart from the Porsche, Audi and Nissan who already showcased their LMP1 class cars, Toyota is the last one to show the world the machine of the future. If you aren’t into this sport we will just tell you that Toyota won the championship last year and to make the same feat this year they had to considerably improve the car. Porsche made a great progress with the 919 Hybrid, , while Nissan took a rather interesting path of creating a racer (sort of).
Toyota was the last one to reveal the new car and their 2015 TS040 Hybrid is even more intense, track ready and even more advanced than before. Interestingly, the hybrid propulsion system was improved just slightly. It seems that the Japanese succeeded to squeeze just a dash more power and make it a bit more fuel efficient. Therefore, the 2015 TS040 Hybrid is powered by a well known hybrid system consisting of 3,7 liter V8 engine and two electric engines. The combo is powerful enough to make the system develop in excess of 1.000 HP. Considering that the car shed even more excessive weight and it probably weighs around 1.900 lbs, we can conclude that this is a hell of a car.
“It is like a big lion trying to push and go forward,” said Sébastien Buemi. It is a rather interesting way how he described the newest car which has already covered over 25.000 kilometers even before it ever reached the championship. Toyota, obviously, wants to make sure that this year’s car can compete and be dependable as the last one. The main problem is that the FIA allows only five propulsion systems per car per season, which means that with two cars on the strip, Toyota is challenged to make the hybrid system even more reliable and more fuel efficient.
Even though the 2015 World Endurance Championship consists of 8 races, there is one race that dwarfs them all – the 24 hours du Le Mans. It is by far the biggest motoring event in the world attended by more than 250.000 visitors who camp, enjoy and watch the race for 24 hours straight. Last Year Toyota did not win this race, which is, arguably more important than the championship itself. This year, the aerodynamically enhanced and lightened 2015 Toyota TS040 is ready to try to take the win in France.
Apart from creating the exterior of one car to maximally utilize the downforce generated by the air passing over the car, Toyota developed a whole another body specifically developed for the fast races such as the one at Le Mans.
“After series of braking you than get the reward of the power. You have to be clever where you use your power and where you harvest the energy” said Anthony Davidson, one of the drivers for Toyota Racing. Here, he was talking about the energy recuperation system which allows the driver to use power generated by braking or decelerating. The 2015 Toyota TS040 Hybrid uses a slightly updated propulsion system which sends all the power to the four wheels. When used at full capacity, with one electric engine and one petrol engine pushing the rear wheels and one electric motor giving the beans at the front, the car is propelled with the power equal to 1.000 HP which is rather astonishing.
The systems used in this prototype might not get to the series produced cars just of yet, but we are certain that the innovations and breakthroughs made here will impact Toyota and Lexus hybrid cars of tomorrow.
For now, we encourage you to follow the WEC. Toyota will fight Porsche, Audi and Nissan at LMP1 class and their drivers will be will be Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima as well as Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway.