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Friday, May 11, 2012

Toyota completes first Le Mans test of TS030 hybrid racer

After a one-day functionality test at Magny-Cours, TOYOTA Racing restarted its full testing program over three days at MotorLand Aragon in Spain.

The TS030 HYBRID completed its second endurance test yesterday, the first being at Paul Ricard in February.

Testing this week began with a development program, running the new aerodynamic package and updated hybrid system. TOYOTA Racing continued on Wednesday morning with a long-distance test lasting 30 hours.

The three drivers of the #7 car, Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, as well as Anthony Davidson and S├ębastien Buemi, who will drive the #8 car at the Le Mans 24 Hours, took turns behind the wheel of the TS030 HYBRID.

Anthony Davidson was driving the TS030 HYBRID for the first time, although he was already familiar with the car’s characteristics having completed numerous sessions in the driving simulator at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne.

This week’s test session was particularly important for the team’s preparation for Le Mans, with the MotorLand Aragon track proving well suited to preparations for the 16-17 June race.

As well as working on performance and reliability, the three days were also used for Michelin tire testing. In addition, mechanics and drivers practiced pit-stops before and during the endurance test, in race conditions.

TOYOTA Racing’s test program will resume later this month for a final test before the Le Mans test and race, where two TS030 HYBRIDs will be entered in the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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