Toyota is proving it can still compete in motorsport at the highest level – even with a car powered by a hybrid system. It’s the first of its kind in the LMP1 section of the race and is a revolutionary moment for motorsport – that is, if they succeed with the technology.
Toyota themselves admit this year will purely be a learning process and they don’t expect to be topping the time tables.
Yoshiaki Kinoshita, team president, said: "This is a learning year for Toyota Racing but nevertheless we set ourselves high standards, so we want to prove the performance potential of the hybrid system and the TS030 HYBRID.”
"We know it is not easy to face such experienced opponents and we face a steep learning curve, but the ultimate medium-term target for this project is to win Le Mans so we aim to take a big step in this direction in 2012."
It’s a big risk but, in theory, it is the future of motorsport – even if we don’t like to admit it. Going green is a necessity nowadays, so expect Toyota to be the flag-bearers for now.