For the first time, the top class of WEC and Le Mans will feature a balance of performance, meaning organisers will modify each car’s performance on a race-by-race basis, regulating energy usage and weight, targeting identical performance potential from each competitor. That should ensure close racing between TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and its hypercar competitors Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and ByKolles Racing and Alpine, which will present an additional challenge with its LMP1 car.
Rob Leupen, Team Director at Toyota Gazoo Racing remarked, ‘The Le Mans Hypercar category represents a new era, with a different philosophy and new competitors; we are looking forward to this challenge. Balance of performance is something we have not experienced before in WEC. We know from our other projects that it emphasises fast drivers, perfect operations and optimal strategy. Over our nine years in WEC, we have achieved a lot, but are not complacent. We always challenge ourselves to improve our technology and our processes to perform better. So we have been working intensively and will continue to do so in the remaining tests before our long-awaited race debut with the GR010 HYBRID in Sebring. We look forward to finally showing our new car to the fans and being part of this new, exciting era.’