Porsche’s and Ford’s aim to win this year’s 24 hour of Le Mans has gotten off to a great start.
Ford Motor Company could be returning to Le Mans in 2016 to race?
Toyota last week released there latest LeMans car, the TS040 Hybrid, the car which will take the team into the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and a new era of hybrid powered motorsport.
The new car represents the most advanced hybrid technology in modern racing. Its competition debut will be at the season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone race on 20 April.
Toyota will be taking on rival manufacturers Audi and Porsche with a car that benefits from 480PS (473bhp/353kW) of all-wheel drive hybrid boost in addition to the 520PS (513bhp/383kW) produced by its 3.7-litre V8 petrol engine, taking maximum power to 1,000PS (986bhp/736kW).
As a result of this launch Toyota has taken a look back and released images of their classic and legendary Le Mans challengers inside the Toyota Motorsport GmbH museum.
Enjoy the massive gallery below after the jump.
Nissan is returning to Le Mans in 2014 but is planning to unveil their car at this years event.
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The only Asian Car Company to win at LeMans is heading back to try and reclaim the winners Trophy.
Mazda won the 1991 Event with their Mazda R26B 2616 cc 4-rotor naturally aspirated, Mid-engined, Mazda 787B Race car.
Mazda will again be taking their own cutting edge technology to try and win.
This time it will be their SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine power plant and they will be entering the LMP2 class with the car pictured below
There is even mention that Hollywood heartthrob Patrick Dempsey may even turn up at Lemans to drive one.
It will be interesting to see how many other Manufacturers get involved in Lemans in 2013
The full press release from Mazda is below
- Tests at Sebring (Florida, USA)
- Six Le Mans winners at the wheel
- Early preparation for 2012 season
Audi Sport is preparing for the 2012 sports prototype season. A test team has started the next trial phase of next year’s LMP1 sports car in the United States.
After previous tests of the next development of the 2011 Le Mans-winning car took place behind closed doors, Audi is now going into public at a race track for the first time. Since last Saturday, Audi Sport has been running tests with two vehicles at the Sebring (Florida) circuit. The second LMP1 sports car serves to compare the test results. Taking turns at the wheel of the two development vehicles are the 2011 Le Mans winners: the Swiss Marcel Fässler, the German André Lotterer and the Frenchman Benoît Tréluyer. Also involved in the tests are Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, who were last victorious at Le Mans in 2008.
The traditional American circuit has a special significance for Audi, not only because Audi has celebrated nine victories at the Sebring 12 Hours since the 2000 season. The 5.95-kilometre track features 17 highly different types of corners, offering plenty of variety, which makes for excellent test conditions. The rough concrete of the former airfield’s take-off and landing strip, in combination with the tarmac of the other track sectors creates particularly demanding test. On March 17, the 12-Hour race will open the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as well as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at this venue.
While the component tests have already started, Audi will not announce the details of the 2012 racing program, the driver line-up and the technical state of the development until a later date.
For the Porsche fans out there that missed the Porsche GT1 and the 935 when they last hit a race track here in Australia, you will have another chance as both cars as well the beautiful 356 model, that has competed at Targa Tasmania, will be appearing at the “Return of the Thunder” event at Sandown Racetrack in Melbourne on the 5-7th of November.
Can not wait to see all three of these cars in action on the track
Full Press Release below