Toyota GR010 Hybrid
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Toyota GR010 Hybrid
Toyota GR010 Hybrid
Toyota GR010 Hybrid at the 2022 Osaka Auto Messe
CategoryLe Mans Hypercar
ConstructorToyota
Designer(s)John Litjens[1]
PredecessorToyota TS050 Hybrid
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb monocoque
Suspension (front)Independent, double wishbone, pushrod-system
Suspension (rear)Independent, double wishbone, pushrod-system
Length4,900 mm (193 in; 16 ft)
Width2,000 mm (79 in; 7 ft)
Height1,150 mm (45 in; 4 ft)
EngineToyota H8909 3.5 L (214 cu in) 90-degree V6 Twin-turbo mid, longitudinally mounted with 4WD system
Electric motorToyota Hybrid System - Racing (THS-R), Li-ion Batteries
TransmissionTransversal 7-speed sequential semi-automatic
Power500 kW (671 hp) (ICE) + 200 kW (268 hp) (electric motors)
700 kW (939 hp) (combined)
Weight1,040 kg (2,293 lb)
FuelTotal Excellium
LubricantsMobil 1
BrakesBrembo carbon ventilated front and rear discs + Brembo pads + Akebono calipers
TyresMichelin radial 31/71-18
Competition history
Notable entrantsJapan Toyota Gazoo Racing
Notable drivers
Debut2021 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF/Laps
12102188
Constructors' Championships2 (2021 FIA WEC, 2022 FIA WEC)
Drivers' Championships2 (2021 FIA WEC, 2022 FIA WEC)

The Toyota GR010 Hybrid is a sports prototype racing car developed for the 2021 Le Mans Hypercar rules in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The car is the successor of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, which competed in the WEC from 2016 to 2020, achieving 2 double WEC world titles and 3 straight victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2018 to 2020. The GR010 Hybrid was revealed online on 15 January 2021.[2][3]

Development

Rear view

The GR010's design is inspired by the Toyota GR Super Sport Concept presented at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, considered to be the GR010's road version counterpart.[3] Its engine is a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged petrol V6 with a hybrid system, which uses lithium-ion batteries.[3][4]

The car's first rollout took place at Paul Ricard in October 2020.[5] A second test took place at Portimao in December 2020.[6]

The road car programme developed in parallel with the racing programme was cancelled early in 2021.

Lexus North America actively considered entering a Lexus-badged GR010 in the IMSA championship, although the project was not pursued.[7]

Competition history

2021

For the GR010 Hybrid's debut season, Toyota maintained their driver lineup unchanged from the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship, with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José María López in car #7 and Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Brendon Hartley in car #8. Nyck de Vries remained as test driver, with Ryo Hirakawa joining him in development duties halfway through the year.[4][8]

The 2021 WEC season was a complete success for Toyota and the GR010 Hybrid, with the car winning all 6 races of its debut season, securing pole position and fastest lap at 5 of them and having both cars in the podium at every race except Monza, where the #8 car had reliability issues. With the win in the first leg of the Bahrain double-header finale Toyota secured the Hypercar World Endurance Championship. Furthermore, at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota would secure their fourth straight overall win in the event and the first for the #7 crew of Conway, Kobayashi and López, who would go on to repeat as World Endurance Drivers' Champions at the end of the year.

Complete World Endurance Championship results

Results in bold indicate pole position. Results in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Entrant Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Pos
2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing Hypercar SPA POR MON LMN BAH BAH 206 1st
United Kingdom Mike Conway 7 3 2 1 1 1 2
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 3 2 1 1 1 2
Argentina José María López 3 2 1 1 1 2
New Zealand Brendon Hartley 8 1 1 33 2 2 1
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1 1 33 2 2 1
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 1 1 33 2 2 1
2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing Hypercar SEB SPA LMN MON FUJ BHR 186 1st
United Kingdom Mike Conway 7 Ret 1 2 3 2 1
Japan Kamui Kobayashi Ret 1 2 3 2 1
Argentina José María López Ret 1 2 3 2 1
New Zealand Brendon Hartley 8 2 Ret 1 2 1 2
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2 Ret 1 2 1 2
Japan Ryo Hirakawa 2 Ret 1 2 1 2

References

  1. ^ "Toyota unveils 2021 GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercar". Motor Sport. 14 January 2021. Retrieved 2023.
  2. ^ "Toyota Gazoo Racing introduces GR010 Hybrid hypercar". Toyota. 14 January 2021. Archived from the original on 16 January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Zachariah, Ben (2021-01-15). "Toyota Gazoo Racing unveils GR010 hybrid racer". CarAdvice. CarAdvice.com Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 2021-01-16. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b Watkins, Gary (2021-01-15). "Toyota launches GR010 Hybrid hypercar in livery". Motorsport.com Australia. Archived from the original on 2021-01-16. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Daniel Lloyd (28 October 2020). "Toyota LMH Car Completes First Test at Paul Ricard". sportscar365.com. Archived from the original on 30 November 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ Zane Shackleton (20 December 2020). "Hartley gets second test in new Toyota Le Mans Hypercar". velocitynews.co.nz. Archived from the original on 16 January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ Goodwin, Graham (May 25, 2022). "Hypercar/ GTP Catch-Up: Toyota & Lexus". dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 2022.
  8. ^ Jamie Klein (2 June 2021). "Hirakawa handed surprise Toyota WEC hypercar test chance". autosport.com. Retrieved 2021.

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