This weekend marks the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It coincides with a pivotal time for the world’s greatest race. Rising costs for the top-level LMP1 prototypes have left Toyota as the only factory-backed entrant in the class. Meanwhile, organizers are busy developing a cheaper and more marketable formula to replace it that would ideally encourage manufacturers to invest again.
It’s official: Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced it will compete in the 2018 WEC season. The team will continue its TS050 Hybrid program, furthering the development of hybrid technology. As a result of the announcement, Toyota will be the only factory team competing in the LMP1 class.