TOYOTA Racing wins both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ 2014 WEC championship
But the focus was on the team result today, with Toyota ending a 15-year wait for a title, following the 1999 World Rally Championship triumph.
Today’s result marks a historic moment in sportscar racing history as it is the first time a Japanese manufacturer has won the World Endurance Championship in any of its guises since its inception in 1953.
It also marks a significant milestone for the Toyota HYBRID System – Racing. The project to pioneer a motorsport hybrid system began in 2006 and in July 2007 a TOYOTA Supra became the first-ever hybrid winner, in the Tokachi 24 Hours.
That pioneering super capacitor technology has been extensively developed, reducing weight and increasing power, leading to the 1,000PS, four-wheel-drive TS040 HYBRID which has simultaneously reduced fuel consumption by 25% compared to 2013.
In the new efficiency-focused LMP1 regulations, TOYOTA technology has triumphed, with the TS040 HYBRID winning five of its eight races and taking four pole positions, 12 podium finishes and four fastest laps. Nevertheless, that success has been far from easy and the team appreciates the close and fair competition from Audi and Porsche which has made the 2014 season exciting and very rewarding.
Akio Toyoda, President, TOYOTA Motor Corporation: “After only three years in the FIA World Endurance Championship, I’m overjoyed that TOYOTA Racing was able to win both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ World Championships this season with the TS040 HYBRID.
This is great news and hopefully it will lead to even more sport car projects for Toyota and Lexus. "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday!".
Do you think this recent WEC victory will sway the opinions of the typical Toyota/Lexus naysayers that claim the company has no racing pedigree?
That myth will always be around. Toyota has won in wrc, group c/wsc, imsa gtp, champ car, indycar, nascar, vln and super gt now a world championship in the wec. Not to mention their dakar victories. They have plenty of racing pedigree, this just adds another chapter with it being a hybrid.
About time! Great work Toyota!! Now put that winning hybrid powertrain (no, not the unsporty, droning HSD/ECVT in the current Toyota/Lexus hybrids) into something in production and actually sporty please. That is the powertrain all your sporty hybrid cars should have.