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Old 18 Jun 2017, 21:39 (Ref:3744987)   #4891
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They won't peg back the P2 cars because they want them to be able to pass GTE cars on straights, not by divebombing.

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Old 18 Jun 2017, 22:01 (Ref:3744997)   #4892
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Kolles would have been fine, but Webb hit something on the first lap. They were over a second faster in qualifying and had an ideal best of 3:21 but got held up in the Porsche curves. I think p2 is fine as is, for now. If they get even faster next year and p1-p doesn't go any better than the 3:24 that Kolles did, then there's a problem. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the CLM's race pace to make a judgement there. But next year we should have at least 4 or 5 private p1's.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 01:18 (Ref:3745041)   #4893
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Oh man, that Nismo engine on the back of the CLM...
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 05:25 (Ref:3745067)   #4894
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De Chaunac, who serves as a consultant for Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship program, admitted that the cutting-edge hybrid technology may not quite be ready for intense 24-hour competitions.

“I think probably that at this level it’s probably too complicated of a car,” he told Sportscar365. “It’s important for us to reduce all this technology a little for something which is less complicated.”
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 09:11 (Ref:3745118)   #4895
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That's what I would call "sour grapes"... Monsieur De Chaunac, it's the Research and Development arm of Toyota that's paying you to race, the point is to MAKE the technology ready, you nimrod!
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 11:25 (Ref:3745169)   #4896
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So the LMP1-H guys want to reduce costs... but they can barely bring their cars home after 24h. Makes sense.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 11:27 (Ref:3745171)   #4897
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We should stop pushing technology and just put Chevy V8s in all the cars. That's the true spirit of Le Mans!
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 11:36 (Ref:3745175)   #4898
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LOL. They had said, not a while ago, that hybrid technology is what keeps them in the WEC.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 17:01 (Ref:3745262)   #4899
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LOL. They had said, not a while ago, that hybrid technology is what keeps them in the WEC.
Don't confuse HDC's comments to that of Toyota's.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 17:24 (Ref:3745272)   #4900
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Don't confuse HDC's comments to that of Toyota's.
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Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda, meanwhile, has supported De Chaunac’s comments on hybrids in endurance racing.

Toyoda, who attended the Le Mans for the first time, issued a statement post-race on Sunday, apologizing to the drivers for not being able to “let you drive all out.”

“While the hybrid technology that has advanced through competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship puts its abilities on display in six-hour races, it might be that it is not yet ready for the long distance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Toyoda said.
Mixed messages from Toyota.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 17:25 (Ref:3745273)   #4901
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Not really, the point is that if it's not ready it needs more racing with it, not less.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 18:30 (Ref:3745296)   #4902
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Yeah except that's not what he says.

The technology is ready. Its done several Le Mans already. If we're taking car failures as proof of something not being ready then we better get rid of the internal combustion engine, since the retirements were caused by engine, clutch and driver failures. Hybrids caused no retirements.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 19:16 (Ref:3745324)   #4903
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Toyada isn't saying the tech shouldn't be used. He's saying they couldn't drive "all out" with their hybrid technology. I think this was echoed by Toyota's chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/17148283
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Although it is a shame that cars No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 experienced the flaws and troubles they did, in truth, there is something we still lack..
Also confirms they'll be back next year for anyone thinking they'll pack up and go somewhere else.
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Toyada isn't saying the tech shouldn't be used. He's saying they couldn't drive "all out" with their hybrid technology. I think this was echoed by Toyota's chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/17148283


Also confirms they'll be back next year for anyone thinking they'll pack up and go somewhere else.
That's how I took it to mean, they want to improve the tech so the team can run faster and longer taking the strain off of other components. But hey we're all apparently engineering geniuses who Toyota just forgot to call for our expertise.

And Toyota's board seems to be very dedicated to making the tech and a win work out. To the point they are spending R&D money for racing and wouldn't be surprised to see parts of the TS050 end up being advertised as improving their Lexus/Toyota performance cars.
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Old 19 Jun 2017, 19:46 (Ref:3745342)   #4905
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