Toy­ota con­fi­dent there is more to come from new car af­ter Sil­ver­stone podium

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Toy­ota is con­fi­dent it will make rapid progress with its new TS050 LMP1 af­ter the car fin­ished sec­ond on its de­but in the Sil­ver­stone World En­durance Cham­pi­onship opener.

The car fea­tures a new 2.4-litre V6 with di­rect in­jec­tion turbo and a move to the 8MJ hy­brid class thanks to a switch from su­per­ca­pac­i­tors to high­volt­age lithium-ion bat­ter­ies. It was reck­oned by the team to be around a sec­ond off in terms of race pace and did not threaten the Porsche or Audis, but is still early in its de­vel­op­ment.

“In terms of per­for­mance, we were be­hind Audi and Porsche but we im­proved dur­ing the race,” said Stephane Sar­razin, who shared the sec­ond-placed car with Mike Con­way and Ka­mui Kobayashi. “The pace was not far off at the end. We have good po­ten­tial but we need to im­prove every­thing for the next race.”

Con­way ad­mit­ted that work is still be­ing done on get­ting the car run­ning as hoped be­fore mov­ing to fine tun­ing.

“We were just try­ing to get all the sys­tems di­alled in and max­imise the per­for­mance,” he said.

The sis­ter car of An­thony David­son, Se­bastien Buemi and Kazuki Naka­jima was on course to fin­ish ahead be­fore the Ja­panese driver suf­fered a rightrear punc­ture. The flail­ing rub­ber did ex­ten­sive dam­age to the body­work, side­pods and floor and forced a stop for re­pairs. The car did fin­ish 16th, which was enough to give Toy­ota the lead in the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ cham­pi­onship.

Toy­ota has shown ‘good po­ten­tial’

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