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Toyota Reveals First Image of Updated LMP1 Car

First image of updated 2018-spec Toyota TS050 Hybrid released…

Photo: Toyota

The first image of the 2018-spec Toyota TS050 Hybrid was released on Thursday, featuring an updated livery.

It is the first glimpse of the only hybrid-powered LMP1 car set for the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’.

Toyota confirmed its driver lineup for the upcoming season last week, with Fernando Alonso replacing Anthony Davidson for most of the 2018 race.

The two-time Formula 1 champion will join Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the No. 8 car while Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi will remain in the No. 7 car.

The updated car is understood to have already completed an initial test this year.

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  1. Russell Carpenter

    February 7, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    No other LMP1 factory teams to compete against = Barry Bonds HR record with an *

  2. Dave Henrie

    February 8, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Then do we * all those Audi R8 victories that came against privateers like Dyson and Pescarolo?

    • TF110

      February 8, 2018 at 3:46 am

      Might as well put those next to a bunch of Porsche’s victories also! Bad Toyota, how dare they stick around and support the series lol.

  3. Edo

    February 8, 2018 at 3:57 am

    They support the series because they want to became what audi was, a sportscar fan favourite brand, and they’re right. The ‘problem’ here is not Toyota, but what aco has done in recent years.

    • Harry Manback

      February 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Right. *THATS* the problem. Because all little boys grow up striving to own a Toyota Camry.

  4. Anonymous

    February 8, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Given Toyota’s bad luck is historical not just current (Nearly winning in 1999 if not for a late puncture! Followed by the heartache of 2016) then any victory at Le Mans would be a triumph, no matter them being the sole hybrid team on the grid. This victory is a case of honour for Toyota, they’ve been humiliated at LM24 for far too long.

    • Steve

      February 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      My watching of the race is that had there been no accidents, BMW would have crushed Toyota. BMW was able to run an extra lap of racing without having to refuel. 18 hours into the race they would save 1 pitstop and that would put them into the lead, and Toyota could not catch up. Toyota knew this and had to push hard which led to their tire failures.

      • TF110

        February 8, 2018 at 6:47 pm

        That’s a slanted view of the race. Toyota had a better pace and could have negated that pit stop but for issues with tires.

        • V12 LMR

          February 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm

          What’s slanted is trying to spin a defeat as a victory.

          Results are not based on “woulda, coulda, shoulda,” they’re based on actual performance.

          It’s the 24 hours of Le Mans, not the 12 hours, 20 hours, 22 hours, or even the 23:57 hours.

          That is how history is recorded and BMW was the winner in 1999.

          • GrimBrother One

            February 9, 2018 at 2:16 am

            Um, who actually tried to spin it like that? The whole point of that guy’s post was that it WASN’T a victory lol. Stop trying to create artificial drama, my man… no one is coming after your favorite car’s legacy.

  5. Greeny

    February 8, 2018 at 6:07 am

    It’s a pity Toyota, Porsche and even Audi don’t sell last years models to private teams. Even if they remove the hybrid systems and increase fuel rates and tank capacities, at least there would be cars not too far behind to keep this years Toyota’s honest and also might get a shock victory going on how problematic the cars have proved the past couple of seasons.

  6. DannySutt

    February 8, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Every year I think to myself, “there’s no way Toyota can fit bigger headlights on an LMP1 car”. And every year they prove me wrong.

    • bugeye

      February 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Fantastic Comment

    • TF110

      February 8, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      They’re the same exact headlights as last year so…

  7. JG

    February 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

    That car is so fugly it deserves to lose.

    The ACO has got to get rid of the wheel arch cutouts. They are ruining an entire generation of prototypes.

    • WesGTR

      February 8, 2018 at 11:26 am

      I might be wrong but so far as I know those cutouts are not only requested by the OEM but also mandated by the ACO, to relieve pressure building inside the fenders and blowing up the tires.

    • j_c

      February 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      I don’t think covering the wheel arches would improve the looks of this.

    • true

      February 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      get rid of the big hideous fins too but I know that will never ever happen

      • Everybody

        February 9, 2018 at 9:45 am

        Bring back grid girls!

  8. Mike S

    February 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Yeah shame on Toyota been around before Porsche. They could of left and they would of been lambasted for doing that too. They are in a bad position either way. Damned if you do damned if you don’t.

  9. Justin Porter

    February 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Certainly glad Toyota is staying around and who knows, one of the privateers might be able to add their name to the list that includes historic upsets like the Gulf Mirage, the Rondeau, and the Joest TWR-Porsche. That’s why we run the race.

    • Anonymous

      February 8, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      If I remember rightly the Joest TWR-Porsche was technically built by Jaguar

      • Justin Porter

        February 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        That’s correct. The TWR Jaguar XJR-14 which was also at one point outfitted with a Judd V10 and raced as the Mazda MXR-01.

  10. TS020

    February 8, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    prototypes are so damn ugly

  11. Edo

    February 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Why? She is so cute

  12. Degner

    February 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Anyone making the analogy of Toyota running against privateers being the same as Audi doing it a decade ago better think again.

    The budget Toyota will operate on vs. privateers is far larger than that which Audi used in its R8, 10, 12, etc era.

    This car and Toyota’s current budget stem from the asinine arms race between it and Porsche/Audi over the last few years. Anything Audi did previously against privateers absolutely pales in comparison.

    WEC P1 is a joke.

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