Watch The 2017 Toyota TS050 Le Mans Prototype Run at Monza – The Drive
The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans left Toyota gut-wrenched after their loss to Porsche in the closing moments of the race. After gaining a sizable lead on the rest of the LMP1 class, Toyota suffered engine problems that caused them to stall on the start-finish straight, allowing the Porsche 919 to swoop by and pick up the victory. Toyota has had that on their heavy hearts ever since, and they look to come back even stronger in 2017. The team has been part of testing at the Monza circuit leading up to the start of this year’s series, and the TS050 Hybrid looks to be in race-winning shape.
As the LMP1 class is exceedingly inventive, Toyota has developed their car to combine the 2.4L twin turbo V6 with a BML hybrid powertrain system for top-tier power. This allows them to match the prowess of this year’s Porsche team who recently unveiled their 919 Hybrid, the car that is once again Toyota’s strongest competitor. Although the engine features the same displacement as last year’s model, it has been gone through from the block up. Once paired with the 8-megajoule electric powertrain, the automaker hopes that it will produce major oomph along with an even more essential attribute — reliability.