Toyota Hybrid To Compete at Le Mans

Ever since Toyota pulled out of Formula One racing in 2009, there have been whispers amongst diehard  racing fans that they'd done so in order to focus on returning to the legendary Le Mans endurance race. Unfortunately, the Japanese automaker has never had much luck in the European race. In fact, only one competing Japanese automaker has ever won the 24 Hour of Le Mans endurance race, and they did so with their famous rotary engine. Knowing this, Toyota has adopted a different strategy for this year's race: Bring the hybrid tech they're known for onto the track.

That's right, Toyota is preparing to wow the world by creating a hybrid race car to compete in the grueling race. In 2006, the heads of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race opted to embrace alternative fuels, in order to promote sustainable racing. Now, automakers from around the world are preparing to roll out hybrid and electric racers to make history by manufacturing the first hybrid to claim a victory at Le Mans.

"Toyota Motor Corporation has entered Le Mans before, but by using our hybrid technology this time will be a completely new challenge," says Tadashi Yamashina, Toyota Motorsport Chairman. "We want to write a new page in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as in the FIA World Endurance Championship, through our use of hybrid technology."1

Will Toyota make automotive history at Le Mans? Smart Toyota of Quad Cities, conveniently located in Davenport, certainly thinks so, especially when you consider the kind of attention to detail that you'll find in every new Toyota model that they produce. If you'd like to learn more about any vehicle in the Toyota lineup, be sure to contact Smart Toyota of Quad Cities online or by phone at 563-391-4106.




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