You know who I don’t want to meet in a fight? A Le Mans prototype driver. Between the 6 Hours of Bahrain’s overall winner Anthony Davidson driving with a broken toe and LMP2 class winner Bruno Senna driving with no power steering for most of the last hour, those guys are all tougher than I will ever be.
Fernando Alonso’s quest to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport (Monaco, Indy and Le Mans) continues, and we couldn’t love it more. Alonso confirmed to the World Endurance Championship today that he was going to test out the Toyota Ts050 LMP1 tomorrow, like he might be gunning for a Le Mans seat or something.
Nothing is over for the LMP1 class just yet, which is set to make big changes following the announcement that Porsche would be leaving the World Endurance Championship. So far in Austin, the battle for ultimate Le Mans prototype domination has been absolutely ruthless in the best way possible.
This was supposed to be Toyota’s year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a great start to the season and a record-setting pole run for the race. But fate wouldn’t have that, and a bizarre, poorly placed thumbs-up said to be for encouragement eventually led the dominant car to have race-ending mechanical problems.
The No. 9 Toyota TS050 was the lone Toyota that hadn’t had a lengthy repair still on track as the team’s dominant No. 7 ground to a halt on track. Sadly, a puncture that badly damaged the rear of the No. 9, forcing it to retire less than an hour after the No. 7.
Kamui Kobayashi, the driver of the No. 7 Toyota TS050 who obliterated the all-time track record of Le Mans in qualifying, dropped out of the lead after encountering an gear selection issue on track. The No. 7 was eventually switched to electric power only to try and limp home, but ultimately stopped on track.…
Heartbreak strikes again for the Toyota TS050 team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No. 8 driver Sébastien Buemi started noticing a sound that kept getting louder throughout the eighth hour of the race. Then the No. 8 burst into flames when he finally brought the car into the pits.
Before the No. 88 Porsche tragically became the first retirement of the race, the No. 9 Toyota gave us this perfect moment of cross-team zen. Driver Nico Lapierre channeled his inner Jari-Matti Latvala to ride over some bumps for an insane pass around the outside to get around a herd of slower GT cars.
One team at Le Mans has a huge bone to pick with last year’s results. Toyota’s car broke down from the lead last year right before its final lap, causing it to not even get classified as a finisher. This year Toyota brought three cars, one of which set a new lap record in qualifying. That new record gave their No. 7…
Toyota ran so well this year coming into Le Mans that they no longer feel like the underdogs, but a hiccup during the second qualifying session has us a bit worried. We are still heartbroken over last year’s devastating last-minute failure, where a simple connector failure cost the leading Toyota the race on its last…
Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi set a new all-time 24 Hours of Le Mans lap record in the No. 7 TS050 with an unbelievable lap of 3:14.791. Incredibly, this was Kobayashi’s out-lap, going out on fresh medium tires but taking full advantage of the lack of traffic in front of him to set an unbelievably fast qualifying lap.
Could this be Toyota’s year to win Le Ma—wait. No. Stop there. Nope. We don’t want to accidentally jinx those guys. Toyota won their second World Endurance Championship race of the year with an eat-it-Porsche 1-2 win at Spa, and the last lap where the the No. 7 tried so hard to get around the No. 8 was incredible.
The No. 67 Ford GT was one of a couple cars had issues keeping its doors shut on the bumps and curbs of Britain’s Silverstone Circuit early on at Sunday’s 6 Hours of Silverstone. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to affect driver Harry Tincknell at all when it popped back open in the final five minutes of the race.
Toyota wants so badly to be back in winning form this year after a 2016 saw them lose the 24 Hours of Le Mans due to a last-minute connector failure. This is supposed to be Toyota’s year with a new, improved TS050, yet they’ve had the first major top LMP1-class Le Mans prototype crash of 2017 at the 6 Hours of…
With only Toyota and Porsche left in the World Endurance Championship’s top hybrid LMP1 class, we’re all curious as to what their cars will look like this year. Will this year’s Toyota be stronger after last year’s heartbreaking loss at Le Mans? Either way, here’s a brief look at the 2017 Toyota TS050 rear end.
There’s just something magical about endurance racing at dusk, with all the headlights flickering in the distance and reflecting off barriers and other surfaces. Here’s the No. 6 Toyota TS050 claiming the team’s first win since November 2014 at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Fuji.
Romain Dumas in the No. 2 Porsche 919 wanted to show the No. 5 Toyota TS050 who’s boss early during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas as the No. 5 tried to get around the Porsche. So, he darted over and forced the No. 5 to pass him through the pit lane exit.
If there’s anyone who knows his way around the highest levels of motorsport, it’s ex-Formula One driver and current Le Mans prototype driver Anthony Davidson. Davidson’s No. 5 Toyota TS050 team was the gut-wrenching headline of Le Mans this year, and he’s here with us now to answer your questions.