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Toyota Gazoo Racing has officially introduced the GR010 hypercar. It's powered by a 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine, providing 680 horsepower to the rear wheels and combining with a 272 horsepwoer motor generator unit, developed by AISIN AW and DENSO, on the front axle.


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing begins a new era of endurance racing with the launch of its all-new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar, which will compete in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The reigning World Champions and three-time Le Mans winners will defend those titles against new manufacturer competitors using a racing version of the upcoming hypercar road car, featuring powertrain technology developed in the TS050 HYBRID and highlighted via new Racing Hybrid branding.

The GR010 HYBRID is a prototype racer developed over the last 18 months in partnership by engineers at the team’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany and the electric hybrid powertrain experts at Higashi-Fuji in Japan.

The GR010 HYBRID incorporates a powerful four-wheel drive racing hybrid powertrain, with a 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine, providing 680PS to the rear wheels and combining with a 272PS motor generator unit, developed by AISIN AW and DENSO, on the front axle. Total output is capped at 500kW (680PS), meaning the GR010 HYBRID’s sophisticated electronics reduce engine power according to the amount of hybrid boost deployed.

The striking new look of the racing prototype reflects the appearance of its inspiration, the GR Super Sport hypercar which made its public debut during a demonstration run and ceremonial trophy return at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours and is currently in development. To mark this new era for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a new livery includes the iconic GR lettering to indicate the strong link between race and road cars.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing enters its ninth season in WEC with the same driver line-up which brought Le Mans and World Championship glory to the team in the 2019-2020 campaign. Newly-crowned World Champions Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will drive the #7 GR010 HYBRID while Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley race with the #8 car. Nyck de Vries continues in his role as test and reserve driver.

They have already started an intense programme of developing the GR010 HYBRID, with two three-day tests already completed as the team adapts to new regulations which are a significant shift in terms of performance and philosophy.

As part of a cost-cutting initiative incorporated in the regulations, the new GR010 HYBRID is 162kg heavier and with 32% less power than its TS050 HYBRID predecessor, with Le Mans lap times expected to be around 10secs slower. It also has bigger dimensions; it is 250mm longer, 100mm wider and 100mm higher.

For the first time since the beginning of its WEC project, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will participate without a rear motor generator unit (MGU), with the single permitted MGU located on the front axle. This means a starter motor must be fitted on the GR010 HYBRID while fully hydraulic rear brakes are also required.

The GR010 HYBRID features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, optimised for efficiency, and developed using powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics software and wind tunnel testing. The new technical regulations permit only a single homologated bodywork package, with only one adjustable aerodynamic device. The GR010 HYBRID will therefore compete in the same specification at both low and high downforce circuits, with an adjustable rear wing modifying the aerodynamic characteristics.

For the first time, the top class of WEC and Le Mans will feature a balance of performance, meaning organisers will modify the performance of each car on a race-by-race basis, regulating energy usage and weight, targeting identical performance potential from each Le Mans Hypercar. That should ensure close racing between TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and its hypercar competitors Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and ByKolles Racing, as well as Alpine, which will present an additional challenge with its LMP1 car.

Those battles will be fought over six races on three continents, beginning with the 1000 Miles of Sebring on 19 March prior to the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (1 May) and the season highlight, the Le Mans 24 Hours on 12-13 June. The first World Championship endurance race in Monza since 1992 takes place on 18 July before trips to Fuji Speedway (26 September) and Bahrain (20 November), all of which are six-hour contests.
GR010 HYBRID Technical Specifications
BodyworkCarbon fibre composite
GearboxTransversal with 7 gears sequential
DriveshaftsConstant velocity tripod plunge-joint driveshafts
ClutchMultidisc
DifferentialMechanical locking differential
SuspensionIndependent front and rear double wishbone, pushrod-system
SpringsTorsion bars
Anti roll barsFront and rear
SteeringHydraulically assisted
BrakesAkebono mono-block alloy callipers with carbon ventilated discs
RimsRAYS magnesium alloy, 13 x 18 inch
TyresMichelin radial (31/71-18)
Length4900 mm
Width2000 mm
Height1150 mm
Weight1040kg
Fuel capacity90 litres
EngineV6 direct injection twin-turbo
Valves4 per cylinder
Engine capacity3.5 Litre
FuelPetrol
Engine power500 kW / 680PS
Hybrid power200 kW / 272PS
BatteryHigh-powered TOYOTA lithium-ion battery 
Front motor/InverterAISIN AW / DENSO

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From the looks of this car I think Toyota's winning streak at LeMans isn't going to end this year.
 

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The GR010 Hybrid Hypercar will be making its debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on May 1st.


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will begin a new era with its GR010 HYBRID Hypercar when the road to the Le Mans 24 Hours opens at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on 1 May.

A direct successor to the legendary Group C period of the 1980s and 1990s, the spectacular LMP1 era has reached its conclusion, handing over the top category of endurance racing to the Le Mans Hypercar generation.

Reigning World Champion and three-time Le Mans winner TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is the first manufacturer on the Hypercar grid in 2021, alongside Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, with Audi, Ferrari, Peugeot and Porsche among those joining the battle in the coming years.

Following an intense pre-season testing programme, the all-new GR010 HYBRID Hypercar is ready for its race debut as the team aims to defend its world titles and win a fourth consecutive the Le Mans 24 Hours with an unchanged driver line-up.

For the fourth season, World Champions Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López share the #7 GR010 HYBRID, while last year's Le Mans winners Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley are at the wheel of the #8 GR010 HYBRID.

Despite thousands of testing kilometres already completed at three different circuits since the GR010 HYBRID first turned a wheel in October last year, the final step of preparation for Spa is still to come, with a two-day official Prologue test taking place at the legendary Belgian circuit on 26-27 April.

That represents the first time the GR010 HYBRID will be on track with rival cars, giving the team and drivers an important opportunity to evaluate the new car in traffic and against its main competitors Alpine, which races a grandfathered LMP1 car.

The GR010 HYBRID features a front motor generator unit, delivering 272PS of hybrid power and four-wheel-drive traction at speeds over 120km/h. Combined with a 3.5litre V6 engine, the driver has 680PS at his disposal, with no restrictions on fuel usage. In contrast, the TS050 HYBRID weighed 162kg less and boasted 1000PS, although strict per-lap fuel restrictions effectively limited top speeds.

With such fundamental differences compared to its all-conquering predecessor, drivers will need to adapt their approach, while engineers fine-tune the new Hypercar for maximum performance, particularly when passing the slower LMP2 and GT cars.

Aside from on-track performance, the whole team also has to adapt to new regulations which limit the size of the operational crew at the circuit to 43. This cost-saving measure requires significant reorganisation and flexibility from the mechanic and engineering crews to maintain their high standards of on-track support, with Spa being the first time the slimmed-down team will operate in a competitive environment.

A challenging start to the week is therefore expected, with a combined 12 hours of testing on Monday and Tuesday for the Prologue before the race event begins with a single practice session on Thursday. A busy Friday sees two practice sessions before the starting grid for Saturday's race is decided in a new qualifying format, when one driver per car will set a single flying lap.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has an excellent record at Spa-Francorchamps, with five victories since its first WEC race there in 2013 and, despite a strong challenge expected from its competitors, the target is to start the season with maximum points.

Hisatake Murata, Team President:
“This is the start of an exciting new Hypercar era for endurance racing, where many leading competitors will fight against each other at Le Mans. The fans are all looking forward to this, and we share their enthusiasm. I am proud that TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will be on the grid at the start of this era. Our TS050 HYBRID marked the end of the first phase of our WEC project; we battled hard to improve our racing hybrid technology and this is now contributing to make ever-better cars for Toyota customers. Now we start a second phase and we must again fight as one team to push the limits of our racing hybrid, to deliver more exciting sports cars in the future to our GAZOO Racing customers. Through the GR010 HYBRID, we will enhance our people, technology and processes. This season will not be easy because we face determined competitors who will push us hard but I know the team will never give up.”

Pascal Vasselon, Technical Director:
“The Spa event marks the end of our pre-season testing activities with the GR010 HYBRID, and the start of a new phase in the short life of our Hypercar. Since the roll-out in October 2020 at Paul Ricard, we have completed an intense programme of testing, learning progressively more about the car's characteristics and the new Michelin tyres. With such different weight and performance parameters compared to the TS050 HYBRID, and totally new mandatory systems, it has been a steep learning curve for engineers and drivers. As often with testing, it has not gone entirely smoothly; we lost a complete three-day test at Aragon due to heavy snow and the weather was unkind to us elsewhere as well. Luckily the later start to the season allowed us to fit in additional tests before Spa so we have eventually hit our mileage target and ticked all the boxes before the first race.”

Mike Conway (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“I am really excited to kick off the new season and the new Hypercar era. I am absolutely ready to go; I know I have great team-mates in Kamui and José, plus a fantastic team around us, and we are fired up to retain our World Championship. A lot of work has gone into the GR010 HYBRID already and we need to do more to realise its full potential; we are continuously working to make improvements. Spa is an important step in that process so it's a race I am very much looking forward to.”

Kamui Kobayashi (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“I am really happy to be racing again, despite the difficult global situation. The circumstances have not been ideal but the team did a great job to make progress with the GR010 HYBRID to be ready for the first race. We have learned a lot about the car during our tests and we can expect some surprises; that's normal with a new car. It's an exciting challenge for us to see what it can do in a race environment, with traffic management and against strong competitors in the Hypercar class.”

José María López (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“It feels like a long time since Bahrain, when Mike, Kamui and I became World Champions. We have all enjoyed that feeling but now it's time to race again and fight to keep the title, and to finally win Le Mans. The whole team has worked hard, despite the difficult circumstances, to get our GR010 HYBRID ready for Spa. It's always an interesting challenge to develop a completely new car and the process in ongoing; we're all pushing to make good progress at Spa with a strong performance.”

Sébastien Buemi (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“I will be very happy to get to Spa for the Prologue and the first race after a long winter of preparation. It's a new car and a new era for endurance with Hypercar so there is a lot for the fans to look forward to. We have done a few tests since the start of the year, starting the process of getting to know the car and fine-tuning set-ups to be ready for Le Mans. I feel ready for the first race and I am really eager to experience the car against our Hypercar competition.”

Kazuki Nakajima (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“It is exciting to be going to Spa for our first time with the GR010 HYBRID in a competitive situation. It has been a tricky winter, particularly for me because I had to miss some tests due to my Japanese racing commitments then we lost the test in Aragon due to snow. So it has not been easy but the team has worked really hard to get ready for the start of this Hypercar era with the GR010 HYBRID. I am cautious but optimistic; it's a new challenge for everyone to look forward to.”

Brendon Hartley (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“We've completed quite an extensive test programme leading up to the first race of the new Hypercar era and we feel well prepared. There is a lot of excitement throughout the whole team, as well as amongst the fans, to see what these new cars will look like on track and to see how close the racing is going to be. So everyone is looking forward to competing again at Spa, which is a great circuit to see the Hypercars race for the first time.”
 

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Apparently the street legal version of the GR010 might be shelved after a prototype crashed and caught fire. However the race car project is still pushing forward.

 
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