These three sports coupes celebrate some of Toyota’s greatest Le Mans racers
Toyota has waited to release its till the 8th day of the 6th month, each one paying homage to its historic endurance racers that competed at the iconic Le Mans circuit. The first car celebrates the achievements of the Toyota TS010, a car which competed in 1992 under Group C Regulations. It featured a Formula 1-style 3.5-liter V10 engine rated at up to 700 hp. The second car features the livery of the 1998 GT-One (TS020) Le Mans car. This vehicle had a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V8 which gave the car superb qualifying pace but sadly no race win.
The third represents the TS050 Hybrid, it competed in 2016 and came agonisingly close to a win that year. This vehicle featured a 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 and electric motor which proved to be the match of the field on the track. The received a number of visual enhancements too. In keeping with the racing theme, Funkee Fish, a vinyl specialist, created authentic recreations of the original liveries while taking the unique shape of the sports coupe into consideration. Those expecting an exciting reveal from under the hood will be somewhat disappointed. The 2.0-liter flat-four remains untouched but each car received a unique set of aftermarket alloys and a lowered suspension setup which should aid handling limits.
A high-level Toyota accessory rear spoiler and Milltek sport exhaust system was also added to each car to finish off the package. For a closer look at both the race cars and these one-off tributes take a look at the video below.
James Clark, Toyota GB Press Relations Manager, said of the special editions: “The GT gives us a great canvas on which to pay tribute to some of the amazing Toyota race cars that have thrilled the crowds at Le Mans. Response to our earlier retro-liveried coupes was fantastic and we hope these new cars – all strictly one-off creations – will generate the same kind of enthusiasm as we approach this year’s 24-hour race.”