Toyota Ready for 2013 Le Mans with Upgraded Hybrids

Japanese automaker Toyota is ready for yet another 24 Hours of Le Mans challenge a year after making its debut in the world’s most famous endurance motorsport event.
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Having prepared two upgraded TS030 Hybrid race cars, Toyota Racing aims to stop favorites Audi from winning their 12th overall and 4th consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans race this year. The two LMP1 class vehicles will be driven by the following crews: No.7 by Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Nazuki Nakajima and No.8 by Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin.

“We are very much looking forward to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Last year’s Le Mans was our first race with the TS030 HYBRID so we expected to face some difficulties; this year we are better prepared and we expect to demonstrate that. Leading Le Mans last year, and winning three WEC races, has given us a taste for success.It would be a dream for us to stand on the top of the podium at such a legendary race,” said team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita.

“We are facing a very tough opponent in Audi so it is hard to be confident, but we know we have done everything in our power to be ready and we will give 100% effort to succeed. It is a very long week and many things can happen so we must be ready for the challenges to come,” he added.

Last year, Toyota Racing had to retire both its cars after leading the race. The first one went out early due to engine failure, while the second one was retired after being involved in a crash.
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