The LMP1 car, which is powered by a petrol hybrid powertrain, hit the track for the first time at Paul Ricard in southern France with drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima all having time behind the wheel.
During an exclusive test session, which included running in darkness, the TS030 HYBRID completed a significant number of laps and showed an impressive level of reliability.
The TS030 HYBRID is TOYOTA’s successor to the iconic TS010 and TS020 car which participated at Le Mans with podium success during the 1990s, with TS an acronym for Toyota Sport.
It is powered by a 3.4litre V8 engine with hybrid unit produced by TOYOTA’s Motor Sport Division in Japan while the carbon fibre chassis has been designed and built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne, Germany where the TOYOTA Racing team is based.
The TS030 HYBRID will make its race debut on 5 May in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. TOYOTA’s return to the Le Mans 24 Hours will follow on 16-17 June before a home race at Fuji Speedway on 14 October.