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Are Hybrids slow and boring?...we think not!

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The general perception of Hybrid cars could be along the lines of being owned and driven by environmentally-conscious, vegetarian, middle-aged Geography teachers....however, this is not the case.

Toyota has done well to destroy this myth by demonstrating the speed and durability of their race cars, having been tried and tested over the few years and in some of the most demanding environments, such as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC)

Launched in 2012 and now entering its sixth year after five seasons of incredible competition and growth, the FIA World Endurance Championship has matured into one of the world’s most entertaining and respected motorsport series. 
Tracing its history back to 1953, when the World Championship for Sports Cars was launched, it became the Endurance Championship in 1981. 
The current WEC series was born out of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, which was also organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), and ran for two years from 2010-2011. 
All entrants join together to battle it out at iconic circuits such as Silverstone, Fuji Speedway, Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps and the cornerstone of the championship, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.
To improve the odds of winning in the Le Mans 24 Hours and display its commitment to endurance racing, Toyota will enter three TS050 HYBRIDs in the races at Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans. 

TS050 HYBRID   The TS050 Hybrid is Toyota’s third car since joining the championship in 2012. It features a 2.4-litre, twin turbo, direct injection V6 petrol engine, perfectly suited to the current championship regulations due to its limiting of fuel flow to the engine. 
Toyota expects to make good use of technology and know-how gained from its WEC campaign with turbo engines increasingly in use for road cars. 
This is combined with an 8MJ hybrid system which uses regenerative braking, like that featured in many Toyota road cars. Energy from front and rear motor-generators is recovered under braking and stored in a high-powered lithium-ion battery. It is then released as a boost for maximum performance and efficiency.

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Event 1 – Silverstone   The Gazoo Racing team successfully negotiated challenging weather conditions to get their 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign off to the best possible start and bring home the win in the #8 TS050 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima. 
For Davidson, winning at his home circuit, in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 spectators, was the perfect way to bring the #8 crew to the top step of the podium. He said: “It’s amazing to finally get our first win together. We had to work really hard for it though but did a great job both individually and as a team. We read the conditions correctly and made the right call on strategy in difficult conditions. We couldn’t be prouder to win this one.”

The team is now preparing for the second round of the season, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, taking place from 4-6 May. This race will be the first in which Toyota Gazoo Racing enter three hybrid-powered LMP1 cars, with the new line-up of Stéphane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto and Nicolas Lapierre competing in the #9 TS050 Hybrid.

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