Last month Toyota unveiled its second hybrid sports car, the TS040 which will compete in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Taking on rivals from Audi and Porsche, Toyota’s TS040 hybrid model produces 473bhp from its all-wheel drive electric motor while 513bhp is produced by its 3.7-litre V8 engine. This gives the TS040 hybrid model’s powertrain a total output of 986bhp.
The new Toyota TS040 hybrid has been developed in line with revised WEC technical regulations, meaning that it is more fuel economy-focussed.
A requirement, in general, has been to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent less than the previous year. These fuel savings have been achieved through changes to powertrains, aerodynamics and driving style.
Toyota Racing have stormed ahead for performance and efficiency by using specialist lubricants in their engineering process. More open regulations for the races have also allowed them to use the team to engineer an increase in hybrid power, using a new motor-generator on the front axle in addition to the unit at the rear.
These motor generators will allow for more energy efficient braking force and will also deliver a boost of power to all four wheels when the TS040 is accelerating.
The TS040 hybrid’s chassis marks a major evolution of the previous TS030 hybrid and it has incorporated design changes under the new championship regulations.
These changes included, the car’s width reduced by 10cm and the adoption of all-new safety features.
Attention has been paid in particular to managing the car’s airflow, this has been to reduce drag and improve fuel economy, but also to compensate for the use of more narrow tyres.
The Toyota TS040 hybrid has already completed extensive testing across Europe this year and it is intended to make its competition debut at the season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone race later this month.