Andy Wallace picks out his favourite cars. By Kevin Turner TOYOTA TS010
Although better known for his time at Jaguar, Wallace was part of the Toyota effort as the Group C era came to a close with sophisticated 3.5-litre machines. The TS010 made its world sportscar championship debut at the end of 1991, with Wallace and Geoff Lees finishing sixth at Autopolis.
With the withdrawals of Jaguar and Mercedes, it was left to Toyota to challenge the might of Peugeot in 1992. Lees and Hitoshi Ogawa won the Monza opener, but thereafter Peugeot’s 905 dominated. Wallace is nevertheless sure about his first choice for this list. “The car was still full ground effect, so had massive downforce, and was only 750kg, so the g- forces were amazing,” he says. “There were also special fuels allowed.
“The grip through medium-speed corners was off the clock. You kept adding speed and the grip level was so high – a bit further than the Jaguar XJR-14.”
In particular, he remembers testing at former French Grand Prix venue Paul Ricard:
“While we were there we had a couple of F1 teams testing and we were comparable to them. When they had full fuel loads we were quicker.
“Signes, the fast right-hander at the end of the back straight, was absolutely flat. I just couldn’t believe it was flat so the only way to do it was to put one foot on top of the other.
“The Peugeot had a little more horsepower – the 905 was one of the greats – but the TS010 was state-of-the-art and the memories of driving that superb car will stick in the mind forever.”