Following analysis of the bodywork on the #7 TS050 HYBRID after the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has identified the specific issue which caused an unexpected change in aerodynamic performance during the race.
The pole-position-winning car had led the early stages but suffered a loss of performance in the middle of the race, which prevented it challenging the leading Porsches. During the race this was identified as an issue with aerodynamic balance migration.
Post-race investigation has revealed significant damage to the underfloor of the #7 car as well as a hole in the rear wing, which caused cracks in the main plane during the race. The team believes this damage was caused by kerb riding for the underfloor and by unidentified flying debris which struck the leading edge of the rear wing main plane.