Source New Atlas
Toyota aims to bounce back from Le Mans heartbreak with TS050 Hybrid
A new set of regulations for this year have forced Toyota to develop a less-aggressive aero package. Along with a narrower rear diffuser, the splitter on the new TS050 runs 15 mm (0.6 in) higher than before, and the sharply-creased sidepods also play a role. The car pictured is running in low-downforce trim, with the high-downforce setup to be unveiled during testing.
The aerodynamic changes aren’t the only safety-first upgrades made to the TS050, with a set of wider rear mirrors making it easier to spot traffic behind. A set of lights lets officials know whether the hybrid system is working as intended, too, something all teams running a battery-boosted engine will have to fit this year.
“Although the TS050 Hybrid shares the same name as the 2016 car, its performance has been greatly improved by reviewing the powertrain and enhancing efficiency in all areas,” says Histake Murata, Racing Hybrid Project Leader. “Toyota Gazoo Racing’s biggest goal for this year, as always, is winning Le Mans. The team in Higashi-Fuji has worked ceaselessly since Le Mans last year to develop a powertrain which will deliver performance over one lap and over a full race distance, enabling us to compete at the front.”
The TS050 will be on show at FIA testing in Monza, which kicks off tomorrow.