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.
Got to love a PR exercise from a car manufacturer.
Toyota has just finished a rather large one in America, they used a Toyota Tundra (A larger version Ute to our a Hilux) to tow the Space Shuttle Endeavour through LA.
A very cool idea and a great way to promote the strength of the Tundra.
Maybe Toyota Australia could haul some Trains or Ferry with a Hilux ?
To see more about the Tundra exercise check out the full press release, more images and video after the jump.
Toyota has taken the wraps off its new Corolla hatch, revealing a sleek, sporty new look for the latest generation of the world’s best-selling car.
The latest Corolla goes on sale in Japan today, just two months ahead of its local unveiling at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
Although Corolla has been a mainstay of the Japanese car industry since 1966, the latest model is the outcome of extensive research and evaluation in Europe.
Toyota’s focus on European buying preferences – which are broadly similar to Australian tastes – has delivered edgier styling and a lower centre of gravity to further improve its dynamic performance.
The Euro-inspired exterior design combines smooth-flowing surfaces with sweeping character lines to provide the sense of agility expected in the small hatch segment.
The new Corolla also brings fresh interior treatments with clever packaging that liberates more space for occupants and their luggage.
Australian buyers will be offered the most powerful Corolla petrol engine – a revised 1.8-litre unit that develops more power.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said motorists around the world will appreciate the new Corolla beyond the traditional Toyota strengths of quality, durability, reliability, safety and fuel efficiency.
“The strong European influence on the new Corolla embraces the spirit of ‘waku-doki’ – a car that is fun to own and drive due to its sharp styling as well as its responsive acceleration, accurate steering, engaging drive and excellent ride comfort,” Mr Callachor said.
Australia was the first destination for Corolla exports and quickly established itself as Toyota’s most popular model in this country.
So far, almost 1.2 million Corolla hatches and sedans have been sold here – accounting for one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles bought by Australians in the past 50 years.
Of these, more than 666,000 or 56 per cent were built in Australia between 1967 and 1999. Corolla is now fully imported from Japan.
Local Corolla sales last year totalled just over 36,000. Sales to the end of July this year are more than 20 per cent higher compared with the same period last year.
Mighty 4×4 and 6×6 pick-ups achieve polar endurance feat
Toyota’s redoubtable Hilux continues to push the boundaries of extreme endurance, completing a marathon Antarctic journey of more than 5,900 miles, further than any vehicle of its type has managed before. And true to Toyota’s reputation for toughness, it did so without a single
technical hitch. The latest feat, achieved as part of the longest expedition in polar history, adds to Hilux’s achievements of reaching both Magnetic North and South Poles.
Remarkably, the vehicles used in the double trans-continental crossing organised by Extreme World Races used standard 3.0-litre D-4D engines and transmissions. But to meet the demands of temperatures as low as -50°C and harsh terrain rising to above 3,400m the vehicles were specially engineered by Icelandic conversion specialists Arctic Trucks.
Three Hilux – including two “6×6” models – completed the expedition, running on Jet A-1 fuel to cope with the extreme cold. Each clocked up almost 6,000 miles over four months from November 2011 to February this year. In all 10 Hilux were deployed by the expedition team, which trusted in the Toyotas to meet the demands of setting up a fuel depot and weather station and providing essential support to scientists and competitors in a ski race.
Necessary modifications to the vehicles included fitting a crane to lift heavy equipment and a 280-litre fuel tank – 800 litres in the case of the six-wheel models. The suspension and drivetrain were strengthened, crawler gears were added to the transmission, and the extra large tyres were filled to between 2.0 and 3.0psi (compared to 29.0psi for regular road-going Hilux), giving a “footprint” 17 times larger than standard tyres.
I have seen it done quite alot, I recently even attended a Phillip Bloom lecture to here more about it.
But now I have tried creating my first ever time lapse video from using still images
I shot it on the weekend, whilst at the Motorshow shooting a job for Toyota
Not bad for a first attempt but room for improvement, my attempt is below