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#16 RE: World Endurance Championship by Sonny 16.12.2013 05:03



I believe this is an Audi LMP1 2014 car testing at Paul Ricard.

Maybe Kurski can help me with any incorrect details

#17 RE: World Endurance Championship by Kurski 24.12.2013 17:02

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Quote: Sonny wrote in post #16


I believe this is an Audi LMP1 2014 car testing at Paul Ricard.

Maybe Kurski can help me with any incorrect details
This car is Porsche LMP1, I can also tell you that many of the former BMW F1 engineer currently working in the Porsche LMP1 team.

#18 RE: World Endurance Championship by Sonny 24.12.2013 20:20

Kurski

Any other big news about LMP1?!

Were you surprised that McNish retired?

#19 RE: World Endurance Championship by Kurski 24.12.2013 20:43

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Quote: Sonny wrote in post #18
Kurski

Any other big news about LMP1?!

Were you surprised that McNish retired?
it was a surprise.

This is Alex Wurz http://www.toyotahybridracing.com/alex-wurz-in-depth/ and Kazuki Nakajima interview http://www.toyotahybridracing.com/kazuki-nakajima-in-depth/

#20 RE: World Endurance Championship by Kurski 01.03.2014 14:23

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Sebastien Buemi on his forthcoming season with Toyota and the differences between F1 and FIA WEC testing http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/race/s...ead-in-the-wec/

#21 RE: World Endurance Championship by Sonny 30.03.2014 06:41

New Toyota LMP1 WEC car close to 1000bhp
By Gary Watkins Thursday, March 27th 2014, 11:00 GMT




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Toyota's new TS040 HYBRID World Endurance Championship challenger will have a total power output of nearly 1000bhp with both its energy-retrieval systems deployed.

The Japanese manufacturer, which unveiled its 2014 contender at Paul Ricard on Thursday, has revealed that the new version of its normally-aspirated V8 will produce 520PS (512bhp) and that it has 480PS (473bhp) available from its front and rear-axle hybrid systems.

The move to two energy-retrieval systems has allowed Toyota to achieve 50 per cent more hybrid power than its TS030 predecessor, which had a quoted output from its lone rear-axle unit of 300bhp.

Audi's new WEC challenger
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Toyota driver Alex Wurz, who has been testing the TS040 since late January, said: "It is phenomenal, extremely powerful.

"Four-wheel-drive allows us to accelerate better - it feels like a rocket ship!

"But an important reason to go to four-wheel-drive was to recover more energy under braking and that works extremely well."

Toyota has opted to run in the second highest sub-class of hybrid power, which allows for six megajoules to be released over a lap of Le Mans.


Hisatake Murata, who leads development of Toyota's hybrid systems in Japan, explained that it had opted against running in the highest 8MJ class for reasons of weight.

"We considered bigger hybrid capacity but settled on 6MJ as anything greater, using kinetic energy recovery, had a negative effect on lap time due to increased weight," he said.

Toyota is using a DENSO motor-generator unit at the rear, as in 2012-13, and a version of the AISIN AW unit at the front with which it experimented ahead of the start of the 2012 season.

Toyota already has experience of running four-wheel-drive hybrid racing cars from its Supra HV-R, which won the Tokachi 24 Hours in 2007.

It has retained the super-capacitor energy-storage system of the TS030 for the new car.

The normally-aspirated Toyota V8 has been increased in capacity from 3.4 litres, the maximum allowed under the old rule book, to 3.7 litres in the name of greater efficiency.

The two TS040s, which are taking part in the official WEC test at Paul Ricard this week, will be driven by Alex Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Stephane Sarrazin (#7), and Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi (#8).

Sarrazin and Lapierre have swapped places in the two line-ups for 2014.

#22 RE: World Endurance Championship by Kurski 30.03.2014 12:24

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Toni Vilander told that each of the AF Corse driver will have to visit the Ferrari factory in Maranello, in one year about 10 times.

#23 RE: World Endurance Championship by Sonny 20.04.2014 19:24

Toyota finished 1-2 to start the season!

#24 RE: World Endurance Championship by WHATEVER 13.06.2014 15:04

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I have to amit first I don't know a thing about WEC and about the 24 hours of le Mans.

But I do know a lot of the drivers competing this year:

Mark Webber
Tony Vilander
Mika Salo
Sebastian Buemi
Bruno Sena
Giancarlo Fisichella
Marc Gené
Alex Wurz
Nicholas Prost
Lucas Di Grassi
Nick Heidfeld
Karun Chandhock
Jan Magnussen
Christian Klein
And also (and this surprised me) Patrick Dempsey!

I knew the actor liked racing cars when the Austin GP started and they gaved him an old LotusF1 to test there. But I didnt know he has his own team. I was watching a TV program about it yesterday.

Alex Wurz with Toyota Racing made pole of their category,
Vilander's team made pole for theirs, it seems Dempsey too (not sure), looking interesting.

Oh and Alonso will wave the start flag

#25 RE: World Endurance Championship by WHATEVER 14.06.2014 15:05

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Oh I have no idea of how to follow this race, six categories at the same time

At night, it seems each category has different color of lights

One thing I'm sure, I'm not following the whole 24 hrs.

#26 RE: World Endurance Championship by WHATEVER 15.06.2014 15:33

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So, Audi won again (13 times out of 15 years) Marc Gené ended second in the second Audi and Sebastien Buemi was third in his Toyota. It seems Wurz in his Toyota and Webber in his Porche had to much troubles in the end.

Tomi Vilander and his team Ferrari won in their category and Patrick Dempsey's team finished in a decent fifth.

#27 RE: World Endurance Championship by Jalumi 15.06.2014 23:28

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Toni
Yes! Good news for Ferrari.
I follow only a bit on twitter. Must be crazy 24 hours

#28 RE: World Endurance Championship by WHATEVER 15.06.2014 23:34

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Ups, yes Toni... Sorry for the typo

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