I’m thrilled to bits to see Toyota doing this.
The TS040 hybrid is the car that will take the team into the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The 473 brake horse power of all-wheel drive hybrid boost is in addition to the 3.7-litre V8 petrol engine, taking maximum power 986 brake horse power.
That sounds like rather a lot so it’s clearly not a sensible city or commuter car but the technological development that Toyota are using in this monster will always filter down to their road cars.
It’s fascinating what’s happening in motor racing, I’ve heard a lot of hardcore Formula 1 fans moaning about the lack of noise but big changes are obviously taking place across the racing spectrum, and of course there's Formula E soon.
All teams entering the World Endurance Championship this year are required to use 25 per cent less fuel than in 2013, which is an enormous technological as well as driving style challenge.
If you’re a race fan, this is the 2014 World Endurance Championship season
20 Apr Six Hours of Silverstone (GB)
3 May Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Bel)
14 Jun Le Mans 24 Hours (Fra)
20 Sep Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas (USA)
12 Oct Six Hours of Fuji (Jpn)
2 Nov Six Hours of Shanghai (Chi)
15 Nov Six Hours of Bahrain
30 Nov Six Hours of Sao Paulo (Bra)