Toyota TS030 HYBRID crashes during testing

Toyota TS030 HYBRID Le Mans race car 24.1.2012
Toyota TS030 HYBRID Le Mans race car 24.1.2012

Racing debut rescheduled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota has announced their TS030 HYBRID race car has been involved in an accident at the Paul Ricard circuit.

The company opted not to release pictures, but the accident severely damaged the team's only monocoque chassis. As a result, they have announced plans to withdraw from the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps because a replacement cannot be produced and tested fast enough.

While this is unfortunate, Toyota is hopeful that the car's first racing debut will take place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.


TOYOTA Racing regrets to announce that, as a result of a testing accident, it is not able to participate in the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

During testing at Paul Ricard, on Wednesday 4 April, the TS030 HYBRID was involved in an accident which damaged the team's only monocoque.

Regrettably this damage is too severe to repair. A replacement monocoque cannot be produced and sufficiently tested to ensure reliability within the limited time available.

Therefore TOYOTA Racing has informed the organizers of the FIA World Endurance Championship of its decision to withdraw from the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, due to be held on 5 May. The team will make its first appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TOYOTA Racing Team President:
"We are deeply saddened to announce this decision and our sympathies are with the drivers, team members and fans who have been anticipating the Spa race so eagerly. Since the accident we have looked into all options but unfortunately there is no alternative course of action open to us."

TOYOTA Racing will now urgently prepare a new monocoque to allow it to resume testing as soon as possible and prepare itself for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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RaulLeal RaulLeal
this accident happens dasy ago....
Apr 13th, 2012 12:02pm
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s2k_turbo s2k_turbo
I bet Kazuki Nakajima did that he likes crashing cars
Apr 13th, 2012 12:01pm
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