With the World Endurance Championship not too far away, Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced the new line-up for the 2016 season.
Kamui Kobayashi has moved up from his role as official test and reserve driver to replace Alexander Wurz, who retired from racing at the end of last year. Kobayashi formerly drove in Formula One for Toyota, Sauber and Caterham before joining Gazoo Racing.
The Japanese driver joins Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway in the number two Toyota, which will be wearing the number 6 for the 2015 WEC season, whilst the 2014 world champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi are joined by Kazuki Nakajima in the lead number 5 car.
The new chassis, the TS050, replaces the TS040 that was won the 2014 championship, with developments on a new hybrid system, engine and monocoque body to try to recapture the title and add to the ten world endurance wins of its predecessors.
For the 2016 season the Toyota entry will lose the blue and white livery that's been familiar since the team re-entered the top tier of endurance racing in 2012. Instead the cars will wear the black, white and red traditionally seen on Gazoo Racing entries in events like the Nurburgring 24hr.
This reflects the new identity of the team, an umbrella under which Toyota and Lexus racing activities will be unified.
Full technical details of the TS050 Hybrid will be released at the Paul Ricard circuit in France at a Toyota release event on March 24th, along with the identity of the test and reserve driver to fill the space left by Kobayashi.