TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s TS050 HYBRIDs will wear some familiar numbers in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will race the #7 TS050 HYBRID at all WEC races in 2017. That number, which recalls memories of legendary TOYOTA 7 sportscar, was on the TS030 HYBRID when it won the team’s first WEC race in its debut season, 2012.
Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima will compete with the #8 car. Sébastien and Anthony have a strong association with that number, having won the 2014 drivers’ World Championship at the wheel of the #8 TS040 HYBRID.
The numbers seven and eight are traditionally associated with TOYOTA at Le Mans. TOYOTA cars have featured those numbers, often as #37 and #38, in 13 of the manufacturers’ 18 years of Le Mans competition.
At Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans, a third car, led by Stéphane Sarrazin, will wear #9. TOYOTA has never raced a #9 at Le Mans, although in 1998 Thierry Boutsen, Ralf Kelleners, Geoff Lees drove the #29 TS020.