It’s official: Toyota Gazoo Racing will continue its participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship beyond 2020 following the confirmation of new technical regulations.
The team is already taking part in the 2019-2020 season, the final campaign with the current-specification LMP1 regulations, but on the eve of the 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans it confirmed it will be present on the grid when the new generation of top-class endurance race cars make their WEC debut in autumn 2020.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest revealed final details of the new technical regulations on the 14 June and which means Toyota Gazoo Racing will compete in the 2020-2021 season with a hybrid-powered prototype based on the GR Super Sport road car. Both road and race car are undergoing design and intensive development at the company’s technical centres in Toyota City, Higashi-Fuji and Cologne.
Shigeki Tomoyama, president of the Gazoo Racing Company, said he hoped the new regulations will bring about a “new golden age of endurance racing” with more manufacturers fighting for Le Mans and WEC glory.
“For Toyota Gazoo Racing, this new era of competition is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our credentials not only as a race team against some of the best in the business, but also as a sportscar manufacturer,” he added.
Track testing of the new race car, the name of which will be revealed at a later date, will begin next year prior to the start of the 2020-2021 season. Further details of the GR Super Sport road car will be issued by Toyota Gazoo Racing in due course.