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Toyota Extends WEC Program, Confirms Hypercar

Toyota confirms Hypercar program for next set of top class regulations…

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Toyota has extended its involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, confirming that it will compete in the Hypercar class.

The announcement, made Friday at Le Mans, follows official confirmation of the new top-class regulations by the FIA and ACO, which will debut in the 2020-21 WEC season.

The Japanese manufacturer’s commitment, as expected, will see the debut of a hybrid-powered car with its existing Cologne-based Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 outfit.

The prototype-based hypercar will be developed alongside the GR Super Sport road car, with both road and race versions currently undergoing design and development at Toyota City, Higashi-Fuji and Cologne.

The Toyota TS050 Hybrid, meanwhile, will be retired following the end of the 2019-20 season.

The new car’s name will be revealed at a later date, and track testing will begin in 2020 prior to the start of the 2020-21 season in summer/fall.

Additional details of the GR Super Sport road car will be released at a later date, according to Toyota.

“I am pleased to confirm that Toyota Gazoo Racing will continue its challenge in endurance racing beyond the current regulations,” commented Gazoo Racing company president Shigeki Tomoyama.

“Thank you to the ACO and FIA for their hard work in finalising these regulations, which we hope will bring about a new golden age of endurance racing, with several manufacturers fighting for Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“For Toyota Gazoo Racing, this new era of competition is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our credentials not only as a race team against some of the best in the business, but also as a sports car manufacturer.

“I am sure I join fans and competitors in welcoming the new regulations and looking forward to an exciting era of competition in WEC and at Le Mans.”

Toyota had been one of six manufacturers involved in technical working groups to define the new regulations, which has seen multiple revisions since its initial announcement at Le Mans last year.

Toyota joins Aston Martin as confirmed Hypercar manufacturers for 2020-21, with efforts from ByKolles and Glickenhaus also expected for the launch year.

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