‘Heartbroken’, a single word to express the most absolute desolation. The CEO of Toyota in the WEC he found no other way to show in a bare-bones tweet the great disappointment that he was suffering in those moments the brand. After 23 hours, and almost 55 minutes, the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #5 lost power and stopped in the straight. Kazuki Nakajima was little I could do and what was to be the first victory of Toyota in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will became an blink of an eye in the eighteenth win of Porsche in the the’race of races’.
An outcome is cruel and painful for the interests of a Toyota that is not the first time that you live an end of agony. In fact, the brand seems to live a sort of curse that is able to flourish in the most critical moments, when the mark is at point of grazing a great success at the global level. Perhaps for this reason, the photo that accompanies this article and that you can see how the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 of Dumas, Jani and Lieb came out ahead of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #5 completely stopped serving us to enumerate the three major fiascoes experienced by the brand.
it Is true that the word ‘Heartbroken’ will go down in the annals of the history of motorsport to remember this edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but never come to the famous phrase ,’let’s Try to start it, Carlos!’ and that without doubt is the desperate cry of the first great failure of Toyota Motorsport. We have to traced back to the Rally RAC, 1998. In that test, the pair formed by Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya saw it as his Toyota Corolla averiaba 700 metres from the end of the rally, what was the title of the WRC to Tommi Mäkinen and Mitsubishi.
Although this edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and that defeat in the Spanish-WRC has been brought by the two biggest fiascoes in the history of Toyota, between the two, there is a precedent also painful in The Sarthe, which, moreover, has the same protagonist. Kazuki Nakajima also lived in their meat the neglect suffered by the Toyota TS040 Hybrid #7 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014, edition after getting the pole, the prototype of Toyota rode to victory. At that time the mishap came to a number of hours from the end, which in part made him less sound.
In 2014 it was the wiring of the TS040 Hybrid #7 what ended the aspirations of getting their first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota, while in 2016 it seems that it could be the turbo, a fact which is still unconfirmed. Be that as it may, the reality is that Toyota is still looking for its first victory at Le Mans and you will have to wait one more year to get it, among other things, keeps to Mazda as the only japanese manufacturer that has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was 25 years ago with the legendary Mazda 787b.