Toyota Gazoo Racing’s all-new TS050 HYBRID, is the car competing for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) competition. The TS050 HYBRID is Toyota’s third new car since joining WEC in 2012.
The car features a significant change in powertrain concept. A 2.4 litre, twin-turbo, direct injection V6 petrol engine is combined with an 8MJ hybrid system, both of which are developed by the Motor Sport Unit Development Division at Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre.
Like Toyota road cars, the front and rear motor-generators recover energy under braking, storing it in a high-powered lithium-ion battery and releasing it as boost for maximum efficiency. The change from super capacitor to battery storage allows the TS050 HYBRID to move up to the more-powerful 8MJ hybrid class. The system generates a total of 986 horsepower – 493 hp from the V6 and 493 hp from the hybrid. An updated seven-speed gearbox has been designed to cope with the extra power from the new engine.
A new powertrain concept brings different cooling and packaging demands, including an updated transmission to handle the significant increase in torque delivered by the turbo engine. Combined with a new aerodynamic concept, that means virtually every part on the TS050 HYBRID chassis has been redesigned.
Powertrain components have played their part too in the improved aerodynamic performance of the TS050 HYBRID; by relocating the front motor-generator unit, better under-floor air flow has been achieved which will contribute to overall performance. Suspension kinematics have also been revised to optimize tire wear.
Toshio Sato, Team President: “This is a very exciting season for Toyota Gazoo Racing, particularly because we have a completely new car with a new powertrain concept. This reflects the current trend in road cars and gives us more opportunities to transfer know-how and technology into Toyota’s road car developments. Our WEC activities are motivated by the development of technology and people; we are already seeing the results of our activities in current road cars. But as well as helping TOYOTA to make ever-better cars, we also want to win. Our clear target this year is to compete again at the front, after a very disappointing 2015 season. In Higashi-Fuji and Cologne, there has been a huge effort to prepare for this season; everyone is highly motivated and pushing together to get back onto the center of the podium.”