Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Toyota and Audi topping Le Mans Early Test

Toyota TS030 Hybrid

Scheduled for the weekend of June 16 and 17, the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans promises to be a historic one; not one but two hybrid cars are in with a fighting chance for outright victory. Thanks to the relatively open regulations two distinctly different paths have been taken by new rivals Toyota and Audi. The only major restrictions are the number of charge cycles (7 per lap) and the amount of energy that can be stored during one of those cycles (500 kJ). During this weekend's Le Mans Test, the two new cars went head to head for the first time and it was also the public debut for the all-new Toyota, so it was about time we took a closer look at the cars that are expected to star at the sharp end of the grid next week.


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