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Toyota commit to WEC and Le Mans post

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Shannon Reynolds | 17 June, 2019, 10:09

Toyota and Aston Martin have said they'll be taking part in the newly announced hypercar category in the World Endurance Championship.

"Toyota Gazoo Racing is delighted to confirm it will participate in the 2020-2021 season with a hybrid-powered prototype based on the GR Super Sport road vehicle", reads a statement.

In order to comply with the new regulations, at least 20 road-going versions of the Le Mans racers have to be produced, although Aston Martin will easily reach this target having already committed to producing 150 Valkyries for the road.

Technical details are scarce, but Aston Martin says the Valkyrie race vehicle will "draw on all the radical pillars of the road auto and its track-only AMR Pro variant" and feature a race-prepared version of the high-revving naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine developed by Cosworth. Drawing on both the Valkyrie road vehicle and the AMR Pro track version, Aston says the WEC auto will feature a race-prepared version of the normally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine in a lightweight carbon fibre structure featuring F1 inspired aerodynamics, courtesy of Adrian Newey, among the world's greatest and most successful F1 designers.

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He also gave a time scale of when we could see him in a hypercar adding: "Yes, I will surely be in 2021, 2022 or 2023 with a hypercar, I have already said that the WEC parenthesis is not a definitive goodbye and that I will return, but I do not know if it will be two, three or five years". Later in the same day, Toyota also confirmed its plans to continue at the top level of WEC with a new hypercar for both road and track that is now under development in Cologne.

"Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how gained from racing and rallying into production cars", said Shigeki Tomoyama, president of Toyota Gazoo Racing, when the vehicle was unveiled in Tokyo.

We can't wait to hear the wail of the Valkyrie's high-revving V-12 as the auto charges down the Mulsanne straight. And it looks like the new regulations will permit that. Some technology will also be common between the road and race cars, such as powertrains, but the race cars will still be dedicated designs with separate chassis to their road-car counterparts in most cases. Which means we'll be deciding soon.

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