Toyota Gazoo Racing commits to LMP1 effort for 2018-19 WEC season

Toyota makes WEC return for 2018/19 season official

The Japanese vehicle maker had been considering its position after champions Porsche pulled out at the end of the 2017 season, leaving Toyota as the only major manufacturer in the top LMP1 category.

The vehicle also bolsters Toyota's commitment to the World Endurance Championship series, which has been left decimated in the elite LMP1 category following the demise of Audi's and Porsche's factory-backed efforts in recent years.

Toyota's statement said that it would release further details of its 2018/19 WEC campaign early next year, although it is understood it will continue with its six current drivers.

"More than 100 years have passed since the birth of the automobile".

Toyota's announcement also included a long statement from company president Akio Toyoda.

"Of course, we have always approached this challenge with a desire to drive faster than any other vehicle and to win".

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It has yet to reveal any more details on the auto, but says it is "one example of how technological feedback acquired through motorsports activities is incorporated" into its fleet of road-going machines.

"Not only did we want to heighten environmental performance in terms of fuel efficiency and such, we also had a very strong desire to create hybrid cars that made drivers feel that driving is fun, and that made them want to keep at it and want to let the cars keep on going".

McLaren have ended their Formula One partnership with Honda, opening the door for Alonso to drive for Toyota at Le Mans - a race that does not clash with any grand prix.

With that, the GR Super Sport Concept is likely to be powered by a high-tech 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 with a complex hybrid system that, in the race auto at least, produces more than 735kW.

"This year, our cars were extremely fast on the roads of Le Mans". It will mark the seventh consecutive year the manufacturer has contested the championship. That is exactly why we will persistently engage in motorsport, without being swayed by the good and bad of economic times.

Toyota will try again to win Le Mans next year and in 2019 after committing to another season of the world endurance championship. We would be happy to receive everyone's continued support.


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