Toyota’s Le Mans prototype team, who previously called hybrid technology “the main reason for Toyota to participate” in the World Endurance Championship, is having to eat those words a bit. Even they told Motorsport.com that hybrid tech in the top LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans wasn’t quite ready to race through an entire day at once. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was particularly brutal on its top class. Every single LMP1 car broke during the race. Only two of the five hybrid LMP1s were running at the end, which wasn’t even enough for a full class podium. The two that did—the No. 2 Porsche 919 and the No. 8 Toyota TS050—had to undergo time-sucking hybrid system repairs before they got back out on track. Thus, Toyota president Akio Toyoda questioned whether the current hybrid solutions put forth by Toyota and Porsche were strong enough to last for all 24 hours of the race, telling Motorsport.com: Both Porsche and we, Toyota, were not able to complete without incident 24 hours of driving in the hybrid cars that we put to the challenge on the roads of Le Mans. Both even the winning car #2 and… Read full this story
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