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Toyota "can't afford single mistake" against privateers

发布者: aatest | 发布时间: 2018-6-14 03:43| 查看数: 110| 评论数: 1|帖子模式

 
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Toyota LMP1 team director Rob Leupen believes the Japanese manufacturer "can't afford a single mistake" against its privateer opposition during this week's Le Mans 24 Hours.
After two years of Le Mans heartbreak, Toyota has focussed on improved reliability to finally get a much-coveted win at the FIA World Endurance Championship centrepiece.
With Porsche following Audi out the door of the LMP1 category at the end of 2017, Toyota is the sole remaining manufacturer in the top class, and last month it scored an emphatic 1-2 finish in the WEC season-opening Spa 6 Hours.
At Le Mans however, a variety of reliability issues and freak incidents have denied Toyota for two years in a row, meaning the Japanese marque is still chasing that elusive win at La Sarthe.
Last year the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid retired with an ailing electric motor, while its #7 sister car dropped out when a pitlane mishap caused a clutch failure.
In 2016 Kazuki Nakajima’s leading #7 car dramatically broke down with an turbo issue with just five minutes to go in the 24-hour marathon.
Despite several painful memories at Le Mans, Toyota is keen to set the record straight at its seventh attempt to win the endurance classic since the birth of its current WEC programme.
"I believe the atmosphere is even better than last year because we focussed more on reliability and less on performance,” Leupen told Motorsport.com.

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aatest 发表于 2018-6-15 02:45:05
 
In 1996, Toyota Motor Sports funded the development of an experimental Le Mans Prototype, which was officially known as the TOM'S Toyota LMP.[1] As Toyota were primarily focusing on their Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) engine, which first ran that year,[2] the LMP project was run on a tight budget of approximately $500,000.[1] Due to this tight budget, the car, christened the "Lumpy", reused Toyota's 3S-GT engine in the 88C Group C specification, which was a 2.1-litre turbocharged straight-four engine, producing 560 hp (418 kW; 568 PS);[3] this engine was coupled to an Xtrac gearbox from a Peugeot Group C car.[1] The chassis tub was designed to be simple but strong, and the bodywork was also simple; the tight budget meant that the LMP never saw a wind tunnel.[1] The bodywork was designed to minimize lift over the upper body of the car, and had much simpler brake cooling than on most Le Mans Prototypes; the radiator ducts were used, via a scoop, to cool the brakes.[1] After the LMP was completed, Tom Kristensen tested it on at least one occasion, whilst project director Andy Thorby recalled it being tested a total of three times; he stated that the car was very reliable, had lower fuel consumption than the 88C Group C car had (with the same engine), and that it also appeared to be quick.[1] Following the completion of the tests, the car was dispatched to Toyota Team Europe's Cologne workshop, stored under a tarpaulin and eventually destroyed.[1] Toyota would return to sportscar racing in 1998, with the André de Cortanze-designed Toyota GT-One.

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