GR010 HYBRID enters its third year of Hypercar competition

The 2023 model features an improved body and improved output, as well as reduced weight in accordance with the regulations

The GR010 HYBRID was developed by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing as the successor to the TS050 HYBRID in compliance with LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) regulations, and it has competed in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) in the pinnacle Hypercar class newly launched in 2021. In that inaugural 2021 season, two TOYOTA GAZOO Racing cars participated in the Hypercar class, namely cars No. 7 and No. 8, and they won all of the races in the series, which included winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the fourth consecutive year and taking the series championship for the third year in a row. In its second year, the GR010 HYBRID won the team’s fifth consecutive Le Mans title with a 1-2 finish and took both the Manufacturer and Driver titles for the fourth consecutive season in the series.

The 2023 model GR010 HYBRID that will compete in the WEC Hypercar class for the third season represents a further evolution of the car based on experience and knowledge accumulated over the previous two seasons of actual racing, and it includes improvements in detailed areas to optimize reliability and efficiency.

The most obvious advancement featured in the 2023 model GR010 HYBRID is seen in the bodywork. To improve maneuverability and aerodynamic stability, new dive plane aerodynamic devices (canards) have been installed in the front on the right and left sides, while the rear wing endplates have been downsized, and smaller detail changes have also been made. New ventilation measures have also been added to the front and rear of the car to facilitate brake cooling and enable quick changes in cooling settings during a race. In addition, the headlight layout has been changed to improve visibility when driving at night.

The basic power train adopts fundamentally the same format as the previous model, with the rear wheels driven by a 3.5-liter V-6 direct-injection turbocharged engine, while the front wheels are driven by a 200 kW (272 PS) electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, but new weight-reducing measures are employed, and reliability is strengthened. However, when racing in the World Championship (WEC), the total power of the four wheels is subject to performance adjustment in accordance with the BoP (balance of power) regulation.

Furthermore, efforts have been undertaken to reduce the vehicle weight to approach the minimum vehicle weight of 1040 kg allowed under the regulations for the 2023 season. These efforts have compensated for the fact that the GR010 HYBRID, which was still in the design stage in 2020 and could not fully answer the demands of the changes in the Hypercar regulation. However, additional weight loads may be imposed to compensate for actual vehicle weight at the start of the race depending on the BoP.

As the GR010 HYBRID now enters its third season as a Hypercar, the team aims to win its sixth consecutive victory at the time-honored 24 Hours of Le Mans, the fourth round of the series, as well as taking a fifth consecutive series championship title.

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Bodywork Carbon fibre composite
Gearbox Transversal with 7 gears sequential
Driveshafts Constant velocity tripod plunge-joint driveshafts
Clutch Multidisc
Differential Mechanical locking differential
Suspension Independent front and rear double wishbone, pushrod-system
Springs Torsion bars
Anti roll bars Front and rear
Steering Hydraulically assisted
Brakes Akebono mono-block alloy callipers with carbon ventilated discs
Rims RAYS magnesium alloy, Front: 12.5 x 18 inch Rear: 14 x 18 inch
Tyres Michelin radial Front: 29/71-18 Rear: 34/71-18
Length 4900 mm
Width 2000 mm
Height 1150 mm
Weight 1040kg
Fuel capacity 90 litres
Engine V6 direct injection twin-turbo
Valves 4 per cylinder
Engine capacity 3.5 Litre
Fuel Petrol
Engine power 520 kW / 707PS
Hybrid power 200 kW / 272PS
Battery High-powered TOYOTA lithium-ion battery
Front motor/Inverter AISIN / DENSO