Toyota Racing have had an excellent season so far in the lead-up to this weekend’s Le Mans 24 hours and the team have nothing but victory in their sights.
Heading for the one of the highlights of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, the team are aiming to top their second place result from last year.
It should be an achievable feat for Toyota as they have been constantly improving their performance throughout their visits to Le Mans.
Their expectations are unexpectedly high, as their new 986bhp Toyota TS040 Hybrid has seen them win both WEC events so far this year.
Taking the top spot at both WEC rounds, the team now has a 48-point lead as they enter the third of eight championship rounds.
Adrenaline has also been boosted thanks to their official test session last weekend, in which they posted the first and second highest lap times.
With such a trouble-free performance it seems that Toyota racing is well-prepared for the competition that Audi and Porsche are set to throw at them.
Toyota Racing will be entering two TS040 Hybrid cars at Le Mans, they are powered by front and rear electric motors, which provide 474bhp of boosted power and the remaining power is generated by a new 3.7-litre petrol engine, which drives the rear wheels.
The No8 car, which was the runner-up at last year’s Le Mans is being driven by Anthony Davidson, Nicholas LaPierre and Sebastien Buemi.
Speaking on this year’s tournament, British racer Davidson, says: “I came to Toyota to win Le Mans; that has been my ambition since I came to endurance.
“This year I feel we are in a pretty good position and I would be disappointed if we do not have the performance to fight for the win in the ‘big one’, especially after the first two races. Even if you have the fastest car, there are no guarantees.”
The 2014 Le Mans Race day for Toyota racing and the other teams is next Saturday 14 June.