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Posted On April 10, 2014 By In FEATURED, FEATURES, RACECAR ROYALTY And 1613 Views

RACECAR ROYALTY: Toyota at Le Mans

Some superb shots from one of our favourite photographers, GF Williams

Some images appeared in our inbox from Toyota. The cars and photo’s are just too good not to share with you.

From oldest to newest you have:

Toyota TS010

The Toyota TS010 was developed in association with TOM’S ahead of the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours. The #36 car was taken to a fourth-place finish by Eddie Irvine, Toshio Suzuki and Masanori Sekiya.

Toyota TS020

The Toyota TS020, also known as the GT-One, is now a Le Mans icon, having competed in the 1998 and 1999 editions of the 24-hour endurance race. Thierry Boutsen, Ralf Kelleners and Geoff Lee came close to winning the 1998 race in this #29 car, but suffered a gearbox failure that put them out of the race.

The ZENT-liveried car was driven by Martin Brundle, Emmanuel Collard and Vincenzo Sospiri at Le Mans in 1999. Brundle was chasing down the leaders near midnight when he was forced to retire from the race following a puncture.

One of the quirks of the GT1 class that the TS020 competed in in 1998 was that a small number of production cars had to be made to meet the rules. Engineers at Toyota Motorsport GmbH created just two ‘production’ TS020 GT-Ones – one is on display in Toyoto’s museum, the other in Japan.

Toyota TS030

The 2012-spec TS030 Hybrid was driven to a trio of WEC wins by Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima and it’s sister car was famously crashed by Anthony Davidson at the 2012 Le Mans (I remember this well as I was there).

Enjoy the gallery:

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