Toyota seems to be desperate over many things at times and this is evident from the fact that they are entering every segment of the automotive business in a sense of urgency. The latest is that Toyota is testing their newly designed LMP1. A Le Mans Prototype (commonly abbreviated as LMP) is a type of sports prototype race car most notably used in the 24 Hours ofLe Mans, American Le Mans Series and Le Mans Series.
Created by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), they are the fastest closed-wheel racing cars used in circuit racing today, considered a class above production-based grand tourer cars which compete alongside them in sports car racing.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has now confirmed that Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima will share its new hybrid LMP1 car in selected World Endurance Championship races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. Toyota’s new LMP1 prototype last week tested for the first time ahead of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Japanese manufacturer’s gasoline-electric hybrid LMP1 coupe was shaken down during the three-day test at France’s Paul Ricard circuit, beginning on Jan 11.
All three of the drivers who will raceToyota’s solo entry atLe Mansand in selected rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship this year were on hand at the test.
It is believed that Alex Wurz, whose teammates are Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, was at the wheel for the first laps and undertook the majority of the driving.