As we discussed in the original LMP Aston Martin Lola post (here) this is the top level of manufacture racing only. So, enter Toyota the maker of classics like the: Corolla, Tercel, and Hilux. Or playing a part in the “future” of automobiles with their Prius, and its hybrid system. Toyota has always floated around LMP racing in the 1990. Well when your Tercel from 1989 has 330 000km on its and runs fine, making a car to race for 8, 12, or 24 hours can’t be that hard. They have now decided to join this unparalleled reliability with their newly gained hybrid technology. Toyota has not produced a car for LMP racing since 1999, when they pulled out of to focus on F1, which they are no longer involved with. Therefore, premiering at the 2012 24 hours of Le Mans, will be their new LMP hybrid race car.

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