Unveiled: The Toyota TS040 Hybrid

Move over Porsche and Audi; the Toyota TS040 Hybrid has officially taken over.

Toyota took their well earned time in the spotlight recently when they unveiled the new TS040 Hybrid that will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The TS040 replaced last year’s TS030 model and added on a new hybrid powertrain in hopes of gaining an extra edge over its fierce competition.

Toyota revealed the TS040 at the Paul Ricard test track in the South of France making a bold statement when saying, “It represents the most advanced hybrid technology in modern racing.”

The TS040 features all-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V8 engine with an Aisin generator and Denso rear unit that, together, generate nearly 1,000 horsepower. The new design will also use 25% less fuel than in 2013.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on June 14th and 15th and the FIA World Endurance Championship starts April 20th with Six Hours of Silverstone. For more information on the Toyota TS040 Hybrid’s racing future click here.

Photo courtesy of Toyota USA Newsroom

Photo courtesy of Toyota USA Newsroom