2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype Revealed: Video

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2014 Toyota TS040 Le Mans Prototype Revealed:

Just a day out from the start of testing for the 2014 World Championship, Toyota has taken the off its all-new TS040 Hybrid Le prototype; the car it hopes will see it not only this season but at the highlight, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The departure in the design of the new TS040 to the previous TS030 Hybrid. is the of an electric motor on the front for the first time, making the car a all-wheel-drive hybrid, much its Audi R18 e-tron quattro and 919 Hybrid rivals in the premier class.


While Audi uses a V-6 turbodiesel engine in its prototype, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter V-4, is sticking with a good ol’ V-8 aspirated to the tune of 513 horsepower. The works in conjunction with motor-generators at both axles add an extra 473 horsepower, bringing the maximum output to an incredible 986

The new powertrain has been developed in with revised WEC technical which put an emphasis on fuel teams are limited by the flow of rather than the output of the or the efficiency of the aerodynamics. This the competition amongst engineers interesting and presents teams completely new challenges—now, the most powertrain will be the most

For the TS040, the new regulations have engineers to make a major in power delivered by the hybrid using a new motor-generator on the front in addition to the unit at the rear. deceleration, these motor-generators braking force in combination the traditional mechanical brakes to energy, which is then via an inverter to a super-capacitor. When the car the motor-generators reverse their delivering a power boost to all wheels.

While the engine and hybrid were developed mostly in Toyota’s TMG skunk works in designed and developed the chassis. The marks a major evolution the TS030 Hybrid, incorporating changes dictated by the new championship including a maximum width by 10 centimeters and the adoption of additional features.

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Particular attention has been to managing airflow around the not only to reduce drag and fuel economy, but also to downforce and grip to compensate for the use of tires. Weight, too, has reduced by 100 pounds.

For the third year Toyota will two cars in the WEC, with Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Nakajima sharing the number 7 and Anthony Davidson, Nicolas and Sébastien Buemi piloting the 8 car. Official testing for the WEC season gets underway at Le Castellet in France. The first of the new season is the 6 Hours of Silverstone in the on April 20.

For Toyota, participation in the WEC is fundamental to its in hybrid technology. The TS040 like its predecessor, also as a real-life test bench for the technology, which it plans to to production cars, some of are almost certain to be performance-oriented .

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