Toyota GAZOO Racing finally confirms WEC entry
As expected, Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed it will compete in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship superseason,
The Japanese firm confirmed it will remain in the top LMP1 division of the series on the final release of regulations for next year. It will mark the seventh consecutive year the manufacturer has contested the championship.
Toyota says that its hybrid entrants in the series have helped the company develop its roadgoing powertrains, and cites a 35 percent improvement in fuel consumption since 2012 for its LMP1 cars.
“Since 2012, we have taken up the challenge of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, with race cars equipped with hybrid technologies,” said Toyota president Akio Toyoda.
“The ever-better cars that Toyota pursues are honed and created via the extreme environment of motorsport. That is exactly why we will persistently engage in motorsport, without being swayed by the good and bad of economic times.”
Toyoda also added that it was “highly regrettable” that Porsche, Toyota’s “rival in honing technologies on the roads of Le Mans has left.