Toyota confirms its presence in the WEC 2018-19


Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced its continuity in the World of Resistance, signing the japanese manufacturer its commitment to compete in the ‘super’ season 2018-19 WEC to the full. The confirmation has come by the mouth of Rob Leupen, director of the team, during the celebration of the ceremony of Awards of the WEC that has taken place this Sunday in Bahrain. In this way, Toyota becomes the only manufacturer that stays true to the WEC and that competes in an uninterrupted manner in the event since it opened its doors in the season 2012.

Rob Leupen has put an end to months of speculation about the future of Toyota, since the launch of Porsche was left without direct competition to the japanese manufacturer. However, the movements that has made the FIA and the ACO to nourish the category LMP1 prototypes private non-hybrid, with certain technical advantages, has been enough to convince Toyota to its continuity and to involve the brand in the development of the future regulation of the top category of the WEC. it is Not expected that Toyota more details of your program until the act of the beginning of the season held in Tokyo in the month of January.

therefore, will have to wait to get the alignment of pilots and the conditions to which is subject the project to Toyota, though in this aspect it seems quite unlikely that the team returns to compete with three Toyota TS050 Hybrid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2018. What is for sure is the brand will compete with two prototypes in a category LMP1 in that at least you’ll have five companions with the two BR1 confirmed by SMP Racing, the BR1 that also use DragonSpeed, and the theoretical two Ginetta used by the team in Manor, although it is expected the arrival of new LMP1 non-hybrid additional.