A new era of endurance motorsport is dawning for Toyota Gazoo Racing: the team today presented its new GR010 Hybrid Le Mans hypercar, with which the manufacturer will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this year. The reigning world champions and three-time Le Mans winners want to defend their titles against the new manufacturer competition. To achieve this, Toyota Gazoo Racing is starting a racing version of the future hypercar road vehicle, in which the drive technology developed in the TS050 Hybrid is used.
Hypercar from Gazoo Racing
The GR010 Hybrid is a prototype racing car and was developed jointly over the past 18 months by the engineers at the racing team's headquarters in Cologne and the experts for electric hybrid drives at the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center in Japan. In accordance with the new hypercar regulations, the GR010 Hybrid has a powerful hybrid all-wheel drive train. While a 3,5-liter V6 twin-turbo engine delivers 500 kW (680 hp) to the rear wheels, there is a 200 kW (272 hp) motor-generator unit on the front axle, made by Aisin AW and Denso was developed. Since the regulations allow a maximum system output of 500 kW (680 PS), intelligent electronics reduce the output according to the amount of the hybrid boost used.
GR010 Hybrid is 162 kilograms heavier
The distinctive look of the racing prototype reflects the appearance of the GR Super Sport hypercar, which made its public debut at a demonstration drive at the Le Mans 24 Hours last year and is currently still in development. In its ninth WEC season, Toyota Gazoo Racing is starting with the same line-up of drivers that brought the team to victory in the world championship and the endurance classic at the Circuit de la Sarthe in the 2019/2020 season. The newly crowned world champions Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will drive the GR010 Hybrid with starting number 7, while Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley will be driving the sister car with starting number 8. Nyck de Vries will stay with the team in his role as test and reserve driver.
Toyota Gazoo Racing has launched an intensive program to develop the GR010 Hybrid over the past few weeks. The team has already completed two three-day tests to familiarize itself with the new car and the regulations for the hypercar class that will apply this season. Part of the regulations include a cost reduction. The new GR010 Hybrid is 162 kilograms heavier and has 32 percent less power than its predecessor TS050 Hybrid. As a result, the lap times at Le Mans will probably be around ten seconds slower. The dimensions also differ significantly from the TS050 Hybrid: The GR010 Hybrid is 250 millimeters longer, 100 millimeters wider and 100 millimeters higher.
without a motor-generator unit in the rear
For the first time since the WEC project began, Toyota Gazoo Racing competes without a motor generator unit (MGU) in the rear. The only approved MGU is on the front axle of the new car. For this reason, the GR010 Hybrid is equipped with an additional starter motor, which could be omitted in the previous model. According to the regulations, fully hydraulic brakes on the rear axle are also required from this year.
The GR010 Hybrid has state-of-the-art aerodynamics optimized for efficiency, which was developed with the help of powerful software and in the wind tunnel. The new technical regulations only allow a single homologated body package with just one adjustable aerodynamic device. The GR010 Hybrid will therefore compete on both low and high downforce tracks in the same specification, with an adjustable rear wing modifying the aerodynamic properties.
Due to the different vehicle concepts with which teams are allowed to compete in the hypercar class, a BoP (Balance of Performance) system comes into effect for the first time in the WEC and in Le Mans. This means that the organizers modify the performance of each car from race to race, regulating energy consumption and weight in order to obtain the most identical performance potential. This way, there should be the closest possible races between the vehicles of Toyota Gazoo Racing and the competition.
It starts with the Sebring 1.000 miles!
The battle for the WEC title will take place in six races on three continents this year. It starts with the Sebring 1.000 miles on March 19, followed by the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (May 1) and the highlight of the season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These will take place from June 12th to 13th, 2021. The first race of the World Endurance Championship in Monza since 1992 will take place on July 18, before it goes to Fuji Speedway (September 26) and then to Bahrain (September 26) at the end of the season. Each of these three races has to be completed six hours at racing pace.
Hisatake Murata, Team President Toyota Gazoo Racing: “With the new Le Mans hypercar class, we are currently experiencing a fascinating time for endurance racing, and with the introduction of the GR010 Hybrid also for Toyota Gazoo Racing. This vehicle represents our next generation of racing hybrids. During our LMP1 era, which began in 2012, we have worked tirelessly to improve and strengthen our hybrid technology for racing. With the TS050 Hybrid, we have set new standards and completed our first major development stage for racing hybrids. This technology will soon be available to our customers.
Now the next expansion stage begins: By participating in the WEC, we will further refine our racing hybrid drive train in the GR010 Hybrid, deepen our understanding of hypercar technology and continuously develop the know-how of our employees. We do this with a clear goal: to deliver even more exciting sports cars to our customers in the future. The GR010 Hybrid is a foretaste of our road vehicles. And what we learn on the race tracks as part of the World Endurance Championship benefits our customers directly. We are therefore pleased to welcome new competitors in the top category of the WEC; an uphill battle on the racetrack will inspire us to continuously improve and push the boundaries ever further. "
|Technical specifications GR010 Hybrid|
|Body||Carbon fiber composite|
|gear||Transversal, 7 gears sequentially|
|drive shafts||CV joint shafts with tripod joint|
|differential||Mechanical limited slip differential|
|suspension||Single double wishbones front and rear, push rod system|
|stabilizers||Front and back|
|brakes||Akebono monoblock light alloy brake calipers with ventilated carbon brake discs|
|Rims||Rays, magnesium alloy, 13 x 18 in|
|tires||Michelin, radial tires (31 / 71-18)|
|Engine||Twin-turbo V6 direct injection|
|Valves||4 per cylinder|
|Petrol engine power||500 kW / PS 680|
|Electric motor power||200 kW / PS 272|
|Battery||Powerful Toyota lithium-ion battery|
|Front engine / inverter||Aisin AW / Denso|
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