Toyota Gazoo Racing has put all the meat on the grill. The
training japanese has taken the expected step of aligning three prototypes in the
24 Hours of Le Mans with the aim of adding a victory that slipped from
dramatically in 2016. With Porsche as the only opposition, the structure nippon
depart in advantage in relation to the German band, which only aligns two
drives his Porsche 919 Hybrid. All in all, there is no time for relaxation and
Toyota is already working on the specification of 2017 your TS050 Hybrid, prototype
that will not be submitted until the 31 of march.
To make it a bit lighter the wait, Toyota has released
a teaser in the form of a video that shows us the first images of the
Toyota TS050 Hybrid in action. Recorded in the track of Paul Ricard, the
manufacturer puts on to fans in the skin of a paparazzi who records and makes
spy pictures of the prototype. A fun way to generate ‘hype’ without display
great details on the model, although if you can catch a glimpse of a design continuity
in relation to the TS050 Hybrid, 2016, at least in the front of the prototype is concerned. All in all, a few conclusions can be drawn.
The two regular units of the TS050 Hybrid will be
piloted by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, José María ‘Pechito’ Lopez, Anthony
Davison, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, while the third unit of the
prototype japanese is reserved for Stéphane Sarrazin. The French will be
present at Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans with two drivers who are
confirm, although the presence of japanese Ryo Hirakawa in this TS050 Hybrid #9
is given by the insured. it Is expected that the nine official drivers are present in the implementation over the TS050 Hybrid on the day prior to the
start of the Prologue of the WEC in Monza.