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Toyota’s progress toward its second Le Mans victory Sunday can, in some ways, be traced back to the 2007 Supra HV-R. With a 3UZ-FE V8 engine and a 200HP rear-axle electric motor, plus two front in-wheel 13HP motors, this was the first hybrid car in history to win a race. Toyota and Team SARD won the Tokachi 24-hour race in Hokkaido, Japan by a massive 19 lap lead. It’s been a long 12 years to get from this small program to the Le Mans winning effort, but Toyota has truly earned its place in endurance racing history.

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