February 23, 2013
Toyota Gets A Head Start In 2013 With The TS030 Hybrid Race Car
Information herein is courtesy of our friends at Top Speed.
Racing as we knew it, with an almost anything goes attitude, is a thing of the past. Big block engines, street tires, throw on a helmet, paint a number on your car, drive it to the track, race it and drive it home. Those days are just memories. Now with all the new rules, regulations, and safety standards enforced on the teams, racing has changed; which I whole-heartedly agree with them, safety wise anyway. These cars are much faster than the ones I watched as a kid. Depending on the type of racecar and track, speeds can reach well over 200 mph. So safety is priority with the new age of racecars.
With all the talk on cleaner burning vehicles and new regulations for production cars, it has spilled over into the racing world. In 2014 new regulations for racecars will be enforced. The regulations have not been released in full as of yet, but speculation is that it will mainly focus on fuel efficiency and lighter vehicles. So, Toyota got a jump on it and designed an all-new racecar for 2013, fine tuning and modifying the hybrid race car they used in the 2012 World Endurance Championship (WEC) race season.
In the 2012 WEC season the Toyota hybrid won three of the six races it entered. The Toyota ran in the LMP1 class, winning race five at Sao Paulo, race seven at Fuji, and race eight at Shanghai. With only entering six of the eight races, the team managed to place third in the points largely by winning three times and finishing second once.
The 2013 TS030 Hybrid racecar has been modified from the 2012 version. Concentrating on the hybrid system to meet the upcoming regulations in 2014, Toyota made a few changes. The engine being used is a 3.4L, normally aspirated V-8 that produces 530 HP, with a super capacitor based system, giving a 300 HP boost to the engine. Toyota first used this hybrid system during the 2012 WEC season and has carried the technology over into 2013 with some modifications.
The first test for the TS030 Hybrid will be at Paul Ricard track in southern France. Toyota will run a two-car team for the 2013 WEC season. Car number seven will feature Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lampierre, and Kazuki Nakajima as the drivers, and car number eight will feature Anthony Davidson, Stephane Sarrazin, and Sebastien Buemi as the drivers.
The schedule for the 2013 WEC racing season is as follows:
Silverstone, UK on April 14
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on May 4
Le Mans, France on June 22
Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 1
Austin, United States on September 22
Fuji, Japan on October 20
Shanghai, China on November 10
Bahrain on November 30
This year the team hopes to grab the championship. If they run as well as last year, they have a good chance, and the 800 plus horses under the hood doesn‘t hurt.
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