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Old 23 Jun 2019, 14:50 (Ref:3913704)   #1
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Toyota Hypercar Discussion

Thought I’d start a new thread to keep the TS050 discussion separate.

To kick things off, here’s the video of the mule testing, in case you haven’t seen it...

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Old 23 Jun 2019, 17:53 (Ref:3913743)   #2
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Still think the black car is what should be their 'hypercar' for the new rules and the GR SS should be the road car that they take inspiration from. Apparently the GR SS had a lot shared with the TS050 when it was shown off early last year. It would be nice to know when the latest video was taken compared to the video with the black test car. We know their release dates but not when the actual testing took place. I say that because at the 2018 TAS (tokyo auto salon) during the GR presentation they said the car has already been testing at Fuji. So that'd be nice to find out if it was the actual camo'd car on the last video or the black one.
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Old 23 Jun 2019, 19:30 (Ref:3913762)   #3
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Biggest things barrowed from the TS050 for the GR Super Sport were the engine, gearbox internals and hybrid system.

Am I right in still thinking that the Toyota LMP1 hypercar will be almost a LMP1 DPI in so far as it'll take external inspiration from the GR Super Sport, but under the skin will be a 2000mm wide LMP1?
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It would make more sense if that test mule in the video is the original concept car that was presented many months ago (but this time a real moving car, as concept cars presented in auto shows often aren't real...), hence the lack of race car bodywork. There apparently is an intention to make a production GR Super Sport at some point but that might move on and progress separately from the race car development.

The renders shown a week ago look a lot different.




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From what I understand, which isn't much, Toyota are basically making a DPI-like LMP1. It'll be built to LMP1 rules, but will take styling cues/elements from the GR Super Sport.
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The GR SS is the road hypercar. Toyota said that it was testing already. My guess is that the camo car was what they were talking about, not the black one. Their new lmp-hypercar won't be made from a road car, so that means the GR SS isn't the race car but it will take cues from the GR SS. It's all confusing but I don't think the GR SS that's shown testing in camo from the latest video, is going to be their race car. It's too early for them to be testing it when the rules are just now finalized. Toyota admitted that themselves when asked about the new regs situation. They said the ACO/FIA was leaving it really late for them to get a car built and ready for testing. If that's the case then the GR SS isn't going to be used for the new regs. It also seems like there's no more incentive to run a road car turned race car in the rules.
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These things will probably have the reliability of a 10 year old out of warranty BMW.
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These things will probably have the reliability of a 10 year old out of warranty BMW.
But even after the season has started they have 9 months to iron it out for LM, it will be fine

One could say that reliability factor may have bigger impact in a BoP class than in tech class where everything is spread out naturally, but it also means teams have to push the limits far less
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I wonder if it's going to carry over the powertrain? At least the engine I could see. But there will have to be changes because there's no more rear driven hybrid. So while it's still awd, it'll be fwd hybrid power. If the engine is the same, that saves a good amount of time I'd guess.
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In season 1 testing will be unlimited so maybe that helps.
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Oh that's right

Which is kind of interesting for cost savings class, would've been welcome in the later stage of LMP1
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Which is kind of interesting for cost savings class, would've been welcome in the later stage of LMP1
I guess what you keep forgetting, any decision taken by the ACO, has nothing to do with concern for the fans/the teams/the people who actually make it all possible, and everything to do with filling the ACO coffers.

Also remember, ''Whoever pays the Piper, calls the tune."

Pretty obvious the current payer is Toyota, so the ACO Piper will play their tune.
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I guess what you keep forgetting, any decision taken by the ACO, has nothing to do with concern for the fans/the teams/the people who actually make it all possible, and everything to do with filling the ACO coffers.

Also remember, ''Whoever pays the Piper, calls the tune."

Pretty obvious the current payer is Toyota, so the ACO Piper will play their tune.
Pretty sure it's not Toyota who mostly calls the shots, but Aston Martin, otherwise we would have never leaned away from the original regulations presented in December 2018
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Pretty sure it's not Toyota who mostly calls the shots, but Aston Martin, otherwise we would have never leaned away from the original regulations presented in December 2018
Right. And we probably would have had much more hybrid power allowed. Now total power is limited to ~750hp. Aston Martin doesn't have hybrid the way Toyota does.
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