Toyota Brings Its Hybrid Racing Prototype To Austin

Toyota Racing will be in the U.S. this weekend with its hybrid race car for the inaugural Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas, the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin will drive the #8 TS030 HYBRID in Austin; they will afterwards be part of a two-car entry at Fuji Speedway on October 20, alongside the #7 line-up of Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima.

Toyota Racing said it heads Stateside determined to bounce back after a very promising but ultimately disappointing race last time out in Brazil.

The high-downforce aerodynamic update to the TS030 HYBRID performed well at Interlagos and the #8 looked set to fight for victory, but Stéphane was hit by a lapped car, ending the team’s race after just 35 minutes.

Toyota Racing shared that it aims to again challenge at the front at the recently-constructed Circuit of the Americas, a 5.515 kilometer (3.426 mile) track with significant elevation changes which hosts its first international endurance race this weekend.

The track features 20 corners, including a fast sweeping section between two tight hairpins in the first half of the lay-out.

Four hybrid recovery zones allow the TS030 HYBRID to recharge its hybrid System – Racing to the 500kilojoule limit imposed by regulation. After each recovery zone, the drivers can use a 300horsepower hybrid boost for better acceleration.

Action at the Circuit of the Americas begins with a test day on Thursday the 19, before two official practice sessions on Friday (09.15-10.45 & 15.25-16.55 local time). After Saturday’s final practice (08.40-09.40), 25 minutes of qualifying takes place at 13.35.

The race begins at 11 on Sunday September 22.