Toyota had remarkable pace at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, but one mysterious retirement lost them the lead and the race. What’s almost heartbreaking is how close Toyota came to beating the problem. Autosport described the whole incident in its report, “The story of an old-school Le Mans,” one where the sturdiest, most reliable car won, not the outright fastest. It’s clear that Toyota lost their chance on their #8 car after it crashed early in the race, though by the end of the 24 it had clawed back much of its time lost in the pits. They give a full account of what happened to the 1000 horsepower Toyota TS040 as it led the field through the night. The failure was a freak one: the car encountered an issue with the wiring loom of one of its scrutineering systems, and the team was aware of it and had just called in Nakajima. “We knew what it was, we had called Kazuki in, the mechanics were ready to change it and it would have taken two or three minutes to solve – it would have been a really quick pitstop,” explained Vasselon. “But unfortunately the loom melted before… Read full this story
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