Toyota Racing’s Le Mans-leader meets the fans in Goodwood
Fresh from leading the Le Mans 24 Hours with the TS030 HYBRID, Toyota Racing headed to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase the ground-breaking super-capacitor system to thousands of motorsport enthusiasts.
The actual #7 car in which Nicolas Lapierre took the lead at Le Sarthe took to the short hill climb twice a day for all three days, giving fans a potent demonstration of its hybrid technology.
The good news from Anthony is that his rehabilitation is progressing well and the team is looking forward to catching up with him when he joins to give moral support at Silverstone in August. Judging by the number of well wishers stopping by the Toyota Racing tent, we are in good company.
Running on electric power up the famous Goodwood hill took this hybrid technology to the fans, who otherwise needed to rely on TV to get up close to the TS030 HYBRID in electric mode in the Le Mans pit lane.
Motorsport is all about exciting the senses and after the sci-fi thrills of seeing an LMP1 car rocket past on just the hum of an electric motor, when Stéphane dropped the clutch and kick-started the internal combustion engine, that familiar racing roar got the pulse racing even harder.
With just two runs a day, the team enjoyed its most relaxed session at a ‘track’ since the Toyota Racing project began just eight months ago. That gave plenty of time to meet the fans and explain Toyota’s hybrid revolution in motorsport.
We won plenty of praise at Le Mans for our friendly approach, and the team members did themselves proud by chatting happily to fans, giving kids the chance to get up close with the TS030 HYBRID and generally welcoming the public into the wider Toyota Racing family.
Speaking of family, thanks to the Toyota Europe crew our team felt welcome and enjoyed the chance to talk motorsport in a relaxed environment. Of course, we’ll be back in Britain next month – but don’t expect too much relaxation when we feel the the white heat of competition…