Exclusive! New TS030 HYBRID aero package for Brazil
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TS030 HYBRID at Interlagos in 2012

When the chequered flag fell at the end of the 6 Hours of São Paulo last year, our TOYOTA Racing team were euphoric for they brought the #7 car back to pick up the team’s maiden victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The team is now geared up to return to this happy hunting ground with an updated aero package and we’ve got an exclusive shot to whet your appetite before the weekend! Click through the break for our Brazil preview.

Last year, the #7 TS030 HYBRID of Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre drove from pole to victory at the 4.309km Interlagos circuit to pick up the team’s first of three wins in the final four races of the FIA WEC season.

Anthony and Alex at Goodwood 2013

After a 10-week break, which included some show running at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, our team returns to Brazil with the #8 car and drivers. Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin will remain in the driver’s seat.

Our team outlined its plans for the 2013 season last month which will see Alex and Nicolas concentrate on development of the 2014 car with testing and simulation sessions. Kazuki Nakajima will continue his title defence in Super Formula and also race in Super GT in Japan.

With the long straights at Le Mans, the cars needed a lower downforce aerodynamic package to take full advantage. For the remainder of the season, we’re heading off to more twisty grand prix circuits so we will be bringing a revised TS030 HYBRID to Brazil.

The updated aerodynamics package has been developed at our team’s home based at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany to generate significantly more downforce levels compared to the Le Mans-spec car

At Le Mans, the average speed of the TS030 HYBRID was close to 240km/h while the shorter, slower tracks for the rest of the season have an average speed of around 180km/h.

So… What’s changed? Well, the most significant changes include modifications to the front wheel arches, engine cover and the rear wing. Several other aerodynamic features have been fine-tuned to suit the different characteristics of upcoming racetracks.

Our updates are also not just skin deep. The TOYOTA HYBRID System – Racing powertrain is now optimised for shorter six-hour races in a sprint race setting as opposed to the 24-hour endurance challenge of Le Mans.

Brazil aero package for TS030 HYBRID

A few weeks ago, Anthony and Sébastien took part in a two-day test at Lausitzring in Germany, completing some 1,500km of test mileage.

Track action begins on August 30 with two free practice session on Friday and a final on Saturday before qualifying. The six hour race starts at midday local time, or 17:00 CEST on Sunday, September 1.

In case you missed it last week, we just launched our Le Mans short film to help you get into racing mood after the long summer break. Check it out below the driver quotes.

“The TS030 HYBRID has changed quite a lot since Le Mans to give us more downforce, which will be important on a short track like Interlagos where grip is very important. Our test at Lausitzring went well; it was great to get back in the car after such a long break and the new package felt good as well. Sao Paulo has always been a great venue for a race and has decided many championship battles. The team had its first victory in the WEC there last year so it has happy memories for us. We know it will be a big challenge but hopefully we will be able to repeat that success this year.”
– Anthony

 

“It’s exciting to be racing at Interlagos in the TS030 HYBRID and I can’t wait to experience the performance of our hybrid system at this track. Compared to Le Mans, Interlagos is a lot shorter so traffic will be a big factor in the race; this is where our hybrid boost can be a real advantage. I’m still smiling after our second place at Le Mans and there was a very positive mood during our test at Lausitzring, when we experienced the high-downforce package for the first time. It seems that we have made a good step with these improvements. It will not be easy to win in Sao Paulo but that is the goal we are working towards.”
– Sébastien

 

“I’ve raced at Interlagos previously in several categories, and I have won there in LMP2 so I have some good memories. It’s a fun track to drive on with a lot of undulation and some long, challenging corners. I’m really looking forward to this race, particularly as we have some updates on the car. It will be interesting to see how the changes feel during the first practice sessions, which I am sure will be very busy for us. Even though the WEC has taken a break since Le Mans, I have been busy with three races in the US which has kept me in shape. Now I can’t wait to get back to WEC action.”
– Stéphane

Watch Anthony take the TS030 HYBRID around Interlagos in TMG’s state-of-the-art driving simulator:



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