Just when you thought new Toyota hybrid technology couldn’t get any better…. it did! Toyota recently released a brand-new TS040 hybrid race car that’s going to be taking to the track at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Race, which runs June 14th and 15th this year. This new race car is a step up from last year; in 2013, two similar prototypes took on competitors and managed to come in 2nd and 4th. This year, the TS040 will be taking on competition with ease – wait until you see what this new Toyota hybrid has under the hood!
You’ve never seen an Orlando Toyota hybrid like THIS
The TS040 is unlike any new Toyota hybrids in Orlando we’ve ever seen. Not only is it designed to look like a race car instead of taking on the sleek hatchback shape that’s associated with the 2014 Toyota Prius, it’s also packing a much bigger punch under the hood. Let’s face it – Orlando Toyota hybrids typically aren’t known for being high on horsepower or torque; nor do they typically have a large and powerful engine under the hood. The point of a hybrid car designed for day-to-day driving is to save gas and cut down on emissions, not go screaming down the streets of suburbia.
Get up close and personal with this new Toyota hybrid race car
That’s why we got so excited when we checked out the specs for the Toyota TS040 – here’s a breakdown of what it has to offer:
- Two new motor-generators – one is in the front in between the two front tires, while the other is mounted in the rear.
- This set up is pretty ingenious – when the driver hits the brakes in this incredible car, energy is gathered in a supercapacitator by the motor. When the driver puts the pedal to the metal, the motor goes in reverse to ensure that all four wheels get a solid blast of power.
- An electric motor that churns out 473 horsepower
- A powerful V8 engine that chips in another 513 horsepower – this means that all in all, the Toyota TS040 is capable of almost 1,000 horsepower (986 hp, to be exact).
- A new chassis – this and the actual shape and exterior of the car have been thoroughly tested to get the most aerodynamic results, which reduces drag and makes the car that much faster.
- New tires – new regulations are insisting that all racers have tires that are 50mm narrower, which adds even more of a challenge to design and performance!
Toyota is taking on the big guns this year – one of its competitors will be a hot new race car from Porsche, as well as other innovative rides from major automakers. We can’t wait to see how this incredible variation of our Orlando Toyota hybrids performs when it hits the track!
Interested in learning more about hybrid technology? Come down to Toyota of Orlando – we’re right off I-4 near the Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Road. Stop by today – we’re open until 10pm and we have a huge selection of hybrid cars up for grabs!