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Toyota presents new LMP1 car for 2018/2019

Toyota has shown the first photos of their new LMP1 car TS050 Hybrid with which it will compete in the 2018/2019 WEC superseason and which Fernando Alonso will drive in four races, including Le Mans 24h.

The new TS050 Hybrid has not changed significantly compared to its predecessor from the end of last season, but has been thoroughly upgraded and improved in key areas.

WEC superseason 2018/2019 starts on Spa Francorchamps on May 5th and ends at Le Mans 24h  15-16 June, 2019. Superseason consists of eight races and 24h of Le Mans and 6h of Spa will be driven twice.

The THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System-Racing) drivetrain system, developed at Toyota’s Higashifuji Technology Center in Japan, not only continues the existing four-wheel drive with energy recovery systems, but also has improved engine, electric motors and generator and battery reliability.

The minimum weight of the LMP1 car is 875 kg + 3 kg for cameras (without drivers and fuel), and the total power is about 1000 HP. The power unit consists of a 2,4-liter V6 engine and lithium-ion battery based ERS system. Power is transfered on all four wheels.

Toyota will compete with two cars, number 7 and number 8, and the main goal is to win 24h of Le Mans, a race they have not won even though in 2016 they led just over three minutes before the end.

Car number 7 will be driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José María López and car number eight will be driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso.

From five races in 2018, Fernando Alonso will make four appearances and will miss Fuji on October 21 due to overlap with the US GP in Austin.

But because of the great promotion that Alonso makes for WEC series, the Fuji race organizers will try to move the race schedule on other weekend.

TOYOTA DRIVER LINE-UP FOR 2019/2019 WEC SUPERSEASON

Team Car No. Drivers
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid 7 Mike Conway (UK)
Kamui Kobayashi (Japan)
José María López (Argentina)
8 Sébastien Buemi (Switzerland)
Kazuki Nakajima (Japan)
Fernando Alonso (Spain)

2019/2019 WEC SUPERSEASON CALENDAR

5 May  Spa-Francorchamps 
16 Jun  Le Mans 24h 
19 Aug  Silverstone 
21 Oct  Fuji 
18 Nov  Shanghai 
16 Mar 2019  Sebring 
4 May 2019  Spa-Francorchamps 
15 Jun 2019  Le Mans 24h 

Note: All WEC races last 6 hours except 24h Le Mans

ALONSO CALENDAR FOR 2018

01 F1 Australia 25 March
02 F1 Bahrain 08 April
03 F1 China 15 April
04 F1 Azerbaijan 29 April
05 WEC Spa  05 May
06 F1 Spain 13 May
07 F1 Monaco 27 May
08 F1 Canada 10 June
09 WEC Le Mans 24h 16 June
10 F1 France 24 June
11 F1 Austrija 01 July
12 F1 Great Britain 08 July
13 F1 Germany 22 July
14  F1 Hungary 29 July
15 WEC Silverstone 19 August
16 F1 Belgium 26 July
17 F1 Italy 02 September
18 F1 Singapore 16 September
19 F1 Russia 30 September
20 F1 Japan 07 October
21 WEC Fuji 14 October
22 F1 USA 21 October
23 F1 Mexico 28 October
24 F1 Brazil 11 November
25 WEC Shanghai 18 November
26 F1 Abu Dhabi 25 November
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