24 Hours hybrid Toyota 2016: the race for efficiency

Another year Engine.it was present in the 24-hour hybrid of Toyota, which like previous years is developed in the layout of the Circuit of Albacete. The concept is simple: give the most number of laps with the least consumption possible. This particular tribute to the 24 Hours of Lemans enables us to live the experience of an endurance race from within, and not only to professionals of the sector, if not also to some followers of the brand via social networks won a place in this competition.

After the arrival to the circuit it starts the briefting. The teams are made so we just have to listen carefully to what we have come and for what. But the big news since we knew it all, on this occasion instead of rolling with a single vehicle, what would we do with the hybrid range of Toyota: Yaris hybrid, Auris hybrid, Auris hybrid Touring Sports, Prius, Prius+ and RAV4 hybrid.

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24 Hours hybrid 2016, Briefting

This year, we tested all the hybrid range of Toyota

In this way the race is split into six parts, mini series of 4 hours, which completed the time on the track all vehicles rotaran by the six participating teams. Every four hours the race was suspended, after the red light the cars entered the pitlane, the stewards of the track recording the consumption that each team had done and after about 20 minutes of rest, and change of wheels included, resumed the competition after rotate for vehicles.

again, the car went to the track fully repostados, glittery tires, and with the data of consumption restored, which were measured by a trip computer that was completely forbidden to manipulate, for obvious reasons.

tires Kumho have formed a great couple with the hybrid range from Toyota. Choice of tires: KUMHO Ecsta Le Sport KU39, KUMHO Ecsta HS51 and KUMHO Road Venture KL51 probariamos his grip and duration, it is recommended tyres for driving in hybrid vehicles thanks to its benefits of consumption, mileage and noise.

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Explaining the current regulations and penalties for non-compliance.

A rigorous standard

The rules that we explained in the Briefting was quite extensive and if we need to consult some detail we could ask for it printed to review and map out a strategy that not to skip the rules of tip-toeing. The idea of the legislation is to make clear the spirit of the competition, eliminating legal loopholes, and proposes a race where each team has to squeeze the qualities of the hybrid system in order to lower the consumption as much as possible, without to run at a speed abnormally reduced and without behaviors illogical on track: we have come here to run…and to have a good time.

After each turn informed us of the penalties to be able to reclaim it

I tell you any of the rules to give you an idea: the tires are changed every four hour for two members of each team and should not submit flanks damaged or abnormal wear (the tires are Kumho came out as new). Forbidden to drive less than 50 km/h on the track (benefiting the consumer) and the maximum time of a turn is 3 minutes 10 seconds.

No driver can drive more than 50 minutes at a time, and after making the driver change has to do 100 minutes of rest. When entering or leaving the pit lane for driver change, or other event, must not exceed 40 km/h.

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The change of wheels have to do this two members of each team

can Not also change the aerodynamics of the car or to drive with the mirrors folded, the trip computer that the organization uses to measure consumption cannot be touched under any circumstances. We could use devices of time measurement, as an app on the mobile, whenever we don’t need to manipulate them while we were running. The trip computer cannot be manipulated.

There is that consuming little but you can’t be the slowest

breach of the rules has a generous table of penalties that we will not detail, but if you’re going too slow to improve the consumption (3 minutes 10 seconds) you penalizing with extra turns, also if you’re going too fast: 2 minutes 30 seconds. The time of the laps with driver change was extended to 4 minutes.

The general classification will take into account valuing the number of turns as the consumption. It is scored with 6 points for the best record laps/consumption and 1 the worst, that is to say, the team that more laps are actually 6 points, second 5 and so on. Will be settled separately the two scores but the value of consumption will be 65% of the score and the value of the returns will be 35%. After calculating the percentages are added together and the result will point to the winner of the competition.

Begin the 24-Hour Hybrid 2016

After a brief sharing of the team members, the number 4, we decided to start the race in a prudent way by betting more by consumption than by the number of laps, waiting to see the pace of the other teams, so we’d have to be attentive to the monitors in the first few laps. In addition, we started with the New Prius, a priori, a more efficient model.

When we took a couple of laps call to a colleague who is driving to spread the margin that you have time -without penalizing them – to slow down and get a good consumption. Even we didn’t know, but we were making the mistake of going too fast with the Prius and not taking advantage of all its capabilities, even we were not familiar with the layout.

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we Started rolling with the New Prius

After the New Prius this was the sequence in which we test cars: Prius +, RAV4, Yaris, Auris, Auris TS. Not all models lead to the same, we note, for example, as technologically the Prius is a step above the Prius +, the next test, and the rest of the range.

the inertia of The Toyota RAV4 vs. the Yaris are abysmal, so every time we change our car we had to grope how to handle it although the style of driving he’s always lto premise to optimize slightly the consumption versus the number of turns.

The RAV4 was by far the model less efficient, knowing this had to slow down the pace, stretching out the lap time up to the maximum without penalizing for consumption is much lower and the Yaris was the model that best result it gave us.

I leave the table of consumption total after the race to see the record of all the teams. If you look at there are large differences for the same car, not only due to the style of driving, if not at the time of the race in which you tap.

As you’re circling the track and rotating of vehicle you’re picking up more confidence and optimize your traced and the records of consumption. Also, with the fall of the sun, the pace of the race down a little and also the consumption for the best cooling of motors, in fact, the turn prior to the dawn was the most optimal in general.

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24 Hours Hybrid Toyota 2016, table of final consumption points.

Although there was a good atmosphere at all times, attention is called to how the teams did pineapple at all times, in boxes, at lunch time, putting yourself fully into a atmosphere of “rivalry healthy”.

After crossing the chequered flag, the stewards summoned a representative member of each team, they will communicate the results as there are two teams that have been severely penalized and will be out of the competition.

The first, team 2, for the circular speed is abnormally reduced during the last 4 hours of the race (to bring down consumption) by performing turns super slow, and the second, team 6, because one of its members manipulated the trip computer of the vehicle, and acknowledged to have done before the commissioners.

Finally we climbed up to the podium although we had to make do with the second place. The next year we will return and this time if they will address the position number 1. Great experience to remember.

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24 Hours Hybrid Toyota 2016, the end of the race!