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Preview to the 2024 World Endurance Championship

After seeing off challenges from Cadillac, Ferrari, Peugeot and Porsche final season, Toyota Gazoo Racing is renewed and able to defend its fifth consecutive FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) title. The WEC 2024 season begins subsequent week and Toyota stays the recent favorite amongst a best-ever grid of 19 Hypercars that now contains newcomers Alpine, BMW, Isotta Fraschini and Lamborghini.

WEC 2024: Toyota Gazoo Racing groups

Toyota is delighted to disclose the skilled crews taking cost of its two Hypercar prototypes. The #7 GR010 Hybrid might be led by crew principal Kamui Kobayashi. He might be joined by Mike Conway, who’s celebrating ten years since his debut with the crew, and former take a look at and reserve driver Nyck de Vries.

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Left to proper: Nyck de Vries, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway

Reigning champions Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa will problem for a 3rd consecutive crown within the #8 GR010 Hybrid. Sébastien and Brendon are the joint most profitable drivers in WEC historical past with 4 titles, whereas Ryo has received the championship in every of his two Hypercar seasons.

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Left to proper: Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa

2024 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 Hybrid

The category-leading GR010 Hybrid has been given a hanging new matt black livery for the WEC 2024 season, following the lead set by the GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid campaigning the 2024 World Rally Championship.

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Look just a little nearer and the LED headlights have been modified to scale back glare and enhance night-time visibility, particularly in moist circumstances. The gas filler routing has additionally been switched to the left aspect of the automotive to optimise pit cease effectivity on circuits that run anti-clockwise. In the meantime, Toyota is selecting to run the automotive on 100% renewable biofuel, which has been calculated to scale back emissions by at the least 65%. That is along with the championship-wide regulation that bans groups from pre-heating their race tyres.

WEC 2024 programme

This 12 months’s WEC calendar has been expanded to eight rounds throughout 4 continents, every of which is hosted by a special nation. The next desk gives the order of occasions.

Qatar 1812km  Qatar  2 March 
6 Hours of Imola  Italy  21 April 
6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps  Belgium  11 Might 
24 Hours of Le Mans  France  15-16 June 
6 Hours of São Paulo  Brazil  14 July 
Lone Star Le Mans  USA  1 September 
6 Hours of Fuji  Japan  15 September 
8 Hours of Bahrain  Bahrain  2 November 


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