Toyota To Expand LMP1 Armory For 24-Hours Of Le Mans

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The Japanese factory team Toyota is speculating on expanding its LMP1 cars from two to three for the iconic 24 hours of Le Mans race, which will be held next year. Toyota is also planning a all new bodywork and aero for its TS050 hybrid machine.

This year Toyota suffered heartbreak as the number 5 car driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima lost the lead in final lap due to an issue with the engine. Toyota Gazoo Racing's Pascal Vasselon said that, Toyota is planning for a three car entry, but yet to make a decision.

Toyota has expanded its budget for this year's World Endurance Championship, mainly to develop its TS050 Hybrid car. Which is powered by 2.4-litre turbocharged V6 engine and a battery storage system.

Vasselon stated that 2017 car will retain the same monocoque and fundamental components but will get an aero upgrade. Vasselon declined to reveal any details about the engine. Toyota will come to a decision regarding the third car at the end of October or early November.

Story first published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 17:58 [IST]
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