Toyota has revealed these first – albeit grainy – images of its new Le Mans racer, which is expected to make its race debut in the Spa WEC round in May.
The Japanese manufacturer's gasoline-electric hybrid LMP1 coupe was shaken down over three days at the Paul Ricard circuit in France last week. No comment has been forthcoming from Toyota Motorsport GmbH about the test, but it is understood that the car completed several hundred miles of largely trouble-free running.
All three of the drivers who will race Toyota's solo entry at Le Mans – and in selected rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship this year – were on hand at the test. It is believed that Alex Wurz, whose teammates are Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, was at the wheel for the first laps and undertook the majority of the driving.
Further testing is scheduled at Ricard at the end of the month, when more official details of the car – the official name of which has yet to be announced – will be revealed.