Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery

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  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    The Toyota TS010 Was launched in 1991 to replace Toyota’s previous Group C racer
    It featured a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-10 that replaced the old cars 3.6-liter, twin-turbo, V-8
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    Despite the TS010’s roots in racing, it’s engine actually served as a testbed for Toyota’s new multi-valve technology.
    In max tune, the TS010 could deliver a total of 700 HP, but for Le Mans racing, it had to be tuned down to 600 HP.
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    A six-speed manual sent power to the rear wheels
    Enough to propel this 1,653.4-pound car up to a top speed of 215 MPH!
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    The story behind this car is that it can break a man’s ribs without crashing when pushed to the limit.
    According to driver Andy Wallace, the legend is, in fact, true.
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    He was running down a long stretch of track and entered a hard left-hand curve
    And that’s when it happened
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    Andy Wallace Cracked two ribs when corning in the TS010
    “I went through the corner and just felt this massive crack, and two ribs were broken instantly from just driving the car”
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    This wasn’t a one time thing, either.
    The same thing happened to Hitoshi Ogawa in the same exact place
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    Bone Fatigue could be the cause.
    It is possible that both Andy Wallace and Hitoshi Ogawa were suffering bone fatigue near the ends of their run – something that’s not so uncommon in competitive driving.
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    The TS010’s Sheer Downforce could also be a reason
    The TS010 can produce 4,698 pounds of downforce at 180 mph and 5,800 pounds at 200 mph, and that’s at minimum aero settings!
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
    G-Force Shifting
    While Wallace and Ogawa are speculated to have only felt the force of 5Gs when hitting that curve, the shift of the direction at such high speed could have caused their ribs to crack.
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    The TS010, despite being stronger than its drivers
    Went on to see some success in racing. It was eventually replaced by the TS020, and the rest is history.
  • Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs - gallery
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