30 Years of Toyota at Le Mans: Video
Although Toyota has yet to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, its history with the world’s most celebrate endurance race goes all the way back to 1985. In 2015, Toyota celebrates three decades since it first lapped the Circuit de la Sarthe, with a video highlighting its past Le Mans cars and performances.
Toyota’s affair with Le Mans is one of unfinished business. Even though it has taken the checkered flag in nearly all races it has started, it failed to conquer the prototype class, coming second on three occasions. Of course, these are significant achievements for a brand that lacks the Le Mans heritage of its competitors, but it left the Japanese wanting more. More recently, Toyota finished 2nd and 3rd in 2013 and 2014, respectively, being unable to stop Audi’s domination.
For the 2015 race, Toyota returns with the proven TS040 Hybrid, which took pole position and finished third in last year’s event. Competition will be tough though, more so with Porsche returning with a lot more experience and with Nissan joining the LMP1 class with the GT-R LM Nismo. We’ll find out if Toyota has what it takes to rise above Audi, Porsche, and Nissan this weekend, during the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Meanwhile, be sure to check out Toyota Motorsport’s latest video celebrating 30 years of racing at Circuit de la Sarthe.