The presentation on the 24th of January 24 of the new hybrid TS030 prototype offers the opportunity to review the Le Mans record of Toyota, who have finished in second place three times at the 24 Hours.
The first Toyota prototype at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was in 1985, with two 85 C chassis. One retired and the other finished 12th, with Kaoru Hoshino, Masanori Sekiya and Saturo Nakajima. The second of whom would become the first Japanese winner in Sarthe in 1995, the third none other than the father of Kazuki Nakajima, the team-mate of Nicolas Lapierre and Alexander Wurz in the Toyota TS030 Hybrid in 2012.
In 1990, Toyota made the top 10 in the 24 Hours, with sixth place for Sekiya, Hitoshi Ogawa and Geoff Lees. Two years later, the Japanese manufacturer has became the main rival of Peugeot 905, and would score its first Le Mans podium: Masanori Sekiya shared second place with Kenny Acheson and Pierre-Henri Raphanel. Then, another second place in 1994, thanks to Jeff Krosnoff, Eddie Irvine and Mauro Martini. This is currently the last podium of a Toyota prototype in La Sarthe, before they moved in the GT class and finished second again in 1999 24 Hours of the GT-One.
Also click the titles below for more information on Toyota's return to Le Mans 24 Hours 2012:
Presentation of the Toyota TS030
La Toyota TS030 on track (video)
La Toyota TS030 on board camera