The Toyota GR010 is refreshed and updated for title defending WEC season

Ever since Toyota joined the World Endurance Championship the brand has steadily increased its performance. In recent years it has not only dominated the racing series but has also outlived other major competitors like Audi, Porsche, Nissan, Bentley, and more.

Coming off a very successful 2023 WEC campaign, the brand just launched its 2024 contender.

2024 Toyota GR010 WEC

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is renewed and ready to defend its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) titles against the biggest-ever grid of Hypercar competition when the 2024 season begins in Qatar on 2 March.

New-look TOYOTA GAZOO Racing ready for new challenge

After seeing off challenges from Cadillac, Ferrari, Peugeot, and Porsche last season on its way to a fifth consecutive world title double, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing joins a field of 19 Hypercars this season, including newcomers Alpine, BMW, Isotta Fraschini and Lamborghini.

An experienced and proven line-up will be in the driving seat. In the #7 GR010 HYBRID, Mike Conway, 10 years on from his debut with the team, races alongside Team Principal Kamui Kobayashi and newcomer Nyck de Vries, a former TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Test and Reserve driver.

Reigning World Champions Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa will challenge for a third consecutive crown in the #8 GR010 HYBRID. Sébastien and Brendon are the joint most successful drivers in WEC history with four titles, while Ryo has won the World Championship in each of his two Hypercar seasons.

The GR010 HYBRID Hypercar has won 16 of its 19 races since its 2021 debut. The car’s appearance takes on a striking updated identity for 2024. An all-new matt black livery represents TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s commitment to making ever-better motorsports-bred cars and continuous evolution, refining its hybrid technologies through competition in endurance racing.

It has also been optimized for reliability via detailed modifications to selected internal components, although the most visible technical change concerns the front headlights. Using driver feedback, the LED specification has been changed to reduce glare, for better visibility in wet conditions and at night. To optimize pit stop efficiency at the anti-clockwise circuits in Austin and Brazil, the GR010 HYBRID has also been modified to allow for refueling on the left side of the car, for the first time.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing continues to benefit from the technical contribution of long-term partners. DENSO contributes to the GR010 HYBRID’s front motor alongside AISIN whilst also supplying high-performance spark plugs. RAYS delivers lightweight magnesium alloy wheels and Mobil 1 is the lubricant of choice.

In line with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s dedication to pursuing a carbon-neutral future for motorsport, the GR010 HYBRID again uses 100% renewable biofuel fuel which reduces CO2 emissions by at least 65%. To further contribute to sustainability, tire pre-heating is not permitted at any race.

Complimenting those on-track sustainability efforts, the team’s base in Cologne, Germany recently took steps to reduce CO2 emissions by around 1,400 metric tons a year through a new central cooling facility, marking another important step on its journey to carbon neutrality.

The latest GR010 HYBRID will make its public debut during WEC’s official Prologue pre-season test, held at Lusail International Circuit in Qatar, on 24-25 February, a track first experienced by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing during a pre-season test session in late November.

The 5.380km circuit will also host the first of eight races in 2024, the inaugural Qatar 1812 KM. It takes place on 2 March, starting at 11 am local time (9 am CET), and runs for 1,812km – in tribute to the Gulf state’s 18 December national day – or a maximum of 10 hours.

After Qatar, a European leg features Imola in Italy (21 April) and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (11 May) before the Le Mans 24 Hours on 15-16 June. Trips across the Atlantic follow for events in Sao Paulo, Brazil (14 July) and Austin, Texas (1 September) before the team’s home race at Fuji Speedway (15 September) and the traditional season finale in Bahrain on 2 November.

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo's first word was probably "Car", and this has developed into a personal passion that has consumed his professional life as well.

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