This is the new and improved 2017 Toyota TS050

This is the new and improved 2017 Toyota TS050
 

Toyota has just unveiled their new and improved World Endurance Championship challenger – the 2017-spec TS050. Although based on last year’s car that oh-so-narrowly missed winning at Le Mans, this revised model hits the starting grid with a number of changes including an all-new 2.4-litre V6 turbo-charged petrol engine.

Developed by the engineering gurus over at Toyota’s Higashi-Fuji technical centre in Japan, this motor not only sports a new block and cylinder head but also a redesigned combustion chamber that allows for the running of a higher compression ratio.

Married to an eight-kilojoule hybrid drive system, Toyota claims that it’s good for a whopping 735kW: muscle that will surely serve it well down the long Mulsanne straight. The complex motor generator units (MGU) have also been reduced in size and weight while the high-powered lithium-ion battery has been further refined for better performance.

The new TS050 will debut at the Six Hours of Silverstone on 16 April 2017. – Thomas Falkiner