Toyota fields up all-new LMP1 at Le Mans next year

Toyota fields up all-new LMP1 at Le Mans next year

Plenty of action was packed at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans but, surprisingly, not many automakers managed to field their own entries in the top-tier LMP1 category. Audi has dominated the category for years together with Aston Martin, Peugeot with its diesel-powered challenger. After having dominated about every GT category for years, Aston Martin took a great step up to the big leagues. Honda Performance brought a considerable contribution by having a couple of cars in the second-tier LMP2 category as there were plenty of factory-supported GT cars. Privateers that were running mostly Zola, Zytek, Oreca or Judd chassis and receiving power from a variety of engines, filled the rest of the LMP1 field. However, most enthusiasts expect an influx of new automakers that plan to take on Audi for the top honors. It appears that race organizers ACO negotiate with a number of car manufacturers that showed some interest in entering the LMP1 category with Toyota leading the top because rumors suggested it had been developing a prototype since last year. Dome, a Japanese chassis constructor is reported to develop the Toyota LMP1 which integrates hybrid powertrain. The constructor boasts to have built racing machinery such as the Honda NSX, several Le Mans prototypes, an aborted F1 program together with some Toyota racers in the 1980s. In the pictures below, you are going to see the GT-One, the race car with which Toyota completed the Le Mans last time and the new entry is said to be prepared for an assault on next year's 24 Hours Le Mans.


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