DENSO to Support Toyota Racing in its Forthcoming FIA World Endurance Championship Participation

DENSO to Support Toyota Racing in its Forthcoming FIA World Endurance Championship Participation

Toyota is the first manufacturer to confirm its participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship using a hybrid system, emphasising the pioneering approach to this technology. The 2012 racecar will feature a rear hybrid motor system developed by DENSO.

The TS030 Hybrid isToyotaRacing’s successor to the TS010 and TS020 cars which participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours with podium success during the 1990s. Like Toyota’s full hybrid road cars, energy is generated under braking and the TS030 Hybrid can operate in electric-only mode, achieving zero emissions and zero fuel consumption.


In addition, the THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System – Racing) powertrain is designed to deliver maximum performance and features an all-new V8 3.4-litre normally-aspirated petrol engine.


By installing its hybrid vehicle system to a racecar running in severe endurance races, DENSO will be able to obtain beneficial evaluation for future research and development of hybrid components.

During an extensive test session at the French racetrack Paul Ricard, which included running in darkness, the TS030 Hybrid completed several hundred kilometres, showing an impressive level of reliability and performance for this very early stage in the car’s testing programme.

The new team, which is based at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany, plans to enter at the Le Mans 24 Hours, France, 16 and 17 June. Participation in further rounds will be confirmed soon.

The FIA regulations for hybrid powertrains allow recovery of energy under braking, and releasing it to improve acceleration out of a corner, delivering laptime benefit. For any given performance level, a hybrid powertrain will achieve this with less fuel.

Hybridisation already is a relevant technology in real life, now brought to endurance racing for the ultimate motorsport test. DENSO has been a partner from the get-go of this hybrid racing project, being a part of the overall concept of the TS030 Hybrid.

Other partners include Nisshinbo, Aisin, Zent, Nippon Steel, Takata, Toyoda Gosei and Michelin.

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