Toyota GT-One: The Spirit Of Endurance Racing In One Badass Photo

Photo Credit: Toyota Motorsports
Photo Credit: Toyota Motorsports

The Toyota GT-One never won Le Mans. It will not go down as a champion. It will, however, sit as a reminder of the glory and filth of endurance racing.

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Look at this one picture alone, taken in the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first year of the brutally-fast TS-020/GT-One.

It’s covered in shit.

It’s shooting flames.

It’s gorgeous.

The brakes are glowing.

This Toyota isn’t a winner, it’s a legend, a not-quite-cheater and a testament to what endurance racing is all about.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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For contrast here’s how the car looked at the start of the race:

and here’s how it looked up close in a pit stop at le mans

Read a talk with the ‘99 drivers here: http://ms.toyota.co.jp/jp/wec/special/wec-trio-talk-2015-0101.html