Hisatake Murata, is the new president of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing in the WEC, every time the executive japanese has also assumed the position of president of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) with immediate effect. In this way, Murata happens to be the maximum responsible of the project of the japanese brand in the Endurance World after fill the gap of Toshio Sato, who was appointed to this position in April 2015 and now has come to occupy a key post within the department of engines of the Toyota Motor Corporation.
Until now, Hisatake Murata had been responsible for the development of the hybrid powertrain that Toyota has used in competition since the debut of their first hybrid car race in 2006. Since the arrival of Toyota in the Endurance World in 2012, Murata has overseen this project, in addition to working extensively with TMG in the projects of the mark in Champ Car, Group C, Le Mans and more recently on the successful programs in Super GT and Super Formula the company. In your new role you will be escorted very closely by Rob Leupen and Pascal Vasselon, two of the visible faces of Toyota in the WEC.
After confirming the news, Hisatake Murata wrote: “I’m proud of taking this new role. Since the inception of our project is hybrid in LMP1, I have built a strong relationship with the team and I’m looking forward to working together even more closely, to push towards the success from the “all areas”. Although the arrival of Murata is not binding, the renewal in the staff of Toyota Gazoo Racing in the WEC invites us to think that the brand is considering to continue with your program even without the presence of Porsche. In the end, the Endurance World is the only stage to showcase its hybrid technology, even with a reduced project.