Toyota’s Final Le Mans Winning Hybrid Powertrain Revealed

Toyota has released images of its most powerful LMP1 hybrid powertrain as a final hurrah for its Le Mans winning model’s last season of competition.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 LMP1 car uses 8 megajoules of energy, or 2.2kWh, per lap, stored in its lithium-ion battery. Its 2.4-liter V8 develops almost 500bhp, while the two electric motors, one on each axle, also develops close to the same amount, totalling at a car with almost 1,000bhp.

The car is last in a long line of hybrid racing cars from the Japanese automaker but the 2019/2020 season will be its last, being replaced by the GR Super Sport to meet revised FIA World Endurance Championship regulations for the following season. The TS050 will be remembered as the first Toyota car to win the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours in 2018 and again in 2019, after 30 years of trying for the manufacturer, including in 2016 when that year’s TS050 broke down with just three minutes to go after leading the majority of the race.

From left-to-right: the engine from front and back (1, 2), the battery (3), and the front and rear electric motors (4, 5).

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