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Toyota Testing Low-Downforce Aero Kit at Paul Ricard

Toyota testing Le Mans-spec bodywork, with new livery, ahead of final two WEC rounds…

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Toyota has been testing its low-downforce aero kit at Paul Ricard ahead of its use in the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Japanese manufacturer released images of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid’s Le Mans-style package, which is the same as what it ran in the first two rounds of the 2018-19 ‘Super Season, according to a Toyota spokesperson.

It also displayed a new livery with black strips now intersecting the white nose from the red base section.

All six of Toyota’s LMP1 drivers are turning laps, while Fernando Alonso arrived later on Thursday after testing with the McLaren Formula 1 team in Bahrain earlier this week.

The three-day test involves endurance running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m each day, the spokesperson confirmed to Sportscar365.

The FIA World Endurance Championship currently allows LMP1 teams to nominate two types of bodywork – low and high downforce – this season.

Toyota claimed a 1-2 result in both races it contested with the former package at Spa and Le Mans last year.

Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are currently 15 points ahead of Toyota teammates Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez in the world championship standings with two races to go.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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