Budget “optimistic” for the third Toyota TS050 Hybrid


Toyota has been probed for several seasons, enter a
third prototype to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
, but it has not been until 2017
when you have made the final step. The cruel experience of 2016 and
launch of Audi Sport
of the category LMP1 in some way have been forced to take
this decision in the face of a new participation in Le Mans in the Toyota
start with a prototype more than Porsche Motorsport
, its only rival. While
the ‘silly season’ tries to determine which pilots will join St├ęphane
Sarrazin in the third TS050 Hybrid, in Toyota Gazoo Racing almost appeal to the
creative accounting

Although the arrival of a third Toyota TS050 Hybrid is a
as celebrated by the fans
before a WEC that has a payroll of
prototypes LMP1 very limited, what is certain is that to put on track the third
prototype on track at Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a
financial risk is very important to Toyota
. This was recognized Pascal
Vasselon, Technical Director of Toyota Motorsport, in
‘Autosport’, where he explains that the technical stability and regulatory has
allowed to take this decision, although
budget Toyota Gazoo Racing has not grown one euro of face-to-2017

In this aspect, the budget for the third TS050
Hybrid derived from crop in other parts of the program and explains Vasselon:
If we have a couple of accidents, we will be in financial problems and
we will have to make a drastic cut at some point. We have moved
within our budgetary framework, without getting more money, so that we have
reduced the development of some parts without affecting the performance, in addition to
take some financial risks
. Be two times in a position to win Le Mans and to have problems at the end pushes you to the third car, but the economic forecast is optimista“.