If the success and market domination of the Toyota Prius has not convinced you of Toyota’s prowess in hybrid technology, then maybe the results of the FIA World Endurance Championships will.
The World Endurance Championships comprises a number of races involving the type of endurance car used at the famous Le Mans race. However, the Le Mans is only one of the races in the championships. Races also play out at tracks in Sao Paolo and Bahrain, for instance.
Toyota took home the trophy in both driver’s category and the manufacturer categories this year. The automaker racked up the necessary points using their Toyota TS040 hybrid, which pumps out 1,000 hp on the track.
Through the trickle-down phenomenon, lessons learned at these kinds of races, where automakers put all of their resources to the test, are then taken back to headquarters to be used in mass-market cars. Toyota’s specific approach is to use a 12-man race team, with about half of the team being replaced and heading home every six months to apply what they’ve learned to production vehicles.
While it may not rate at 1,000 hp, we here at Route 44 Toyota always look forward to the latest generation of the classic Toyota Prius!