Last year Toyota Motorsport GmbH set a new electric-powered lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the road-legal TMG EV P001 car, and the TS030 Hybrid will set out next week to conquer the Le Mans 24 Hours. But TMG’s ambitions are not limited to the race track.
Unless you’ve been living under a stone these past few months, you’re probably aware that Toyota is returning to Le Mans in 2012 – replacing Peugeot as the main challenger to the all-dominant Audis (although perhaps Nissan might wish to disagree).
The last time Derek Bell raced a Porsche 962 at Le Mans was in 1992 with his son Justin and Tiff Needell. Now 20 years later, Bell returns for a Group C race on the morning of Saturday, 16th June.
GT Academy – it’s the automotive equivalent of X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent, but is proving rather more successful at finding ‘real’ talent. Inaugural champ, Lucas Ordoñez will drive for Nissan at Le Mans this year, whilst last year’s academy winner will start today’s British GT race from Nürburgring on pole position.
Gear-heads come from many different paths and backgrounds, but we like to think we know all the major ones. However Daniel Simon, the brilliant German concept designer, is perhaps the most influential car designer you’ve never heard of.
Ever since it was launched in London last week, Nissan’s DeltaWing has been the subject of much controversy. Whilst there has been little doubt about its straight-line prowess, many people (including its drivers, Marino Franchitti and Michael Krumm) were anxious to see how well the radical design would work around corners.
As predicted earlier today, Nissan has announced their partnership with the DeltaWing project, which sees the most innovative race car for (several) generations compete in this year’s Le Mans 24 hours.
While Nissan DeltaWing will be un-classified in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours and run the number “0”, the company is looking to showcase its pioneering technology and show one potential direction for the future of motorsport.
An image posted on Nissan UK’s facebook page yesterday, strongly hinted that a Nissan engine will power the Highcroft Racing DeltaWing project – perhaps the oddest looking racing car since the Tyrell P34 “six-wheeler”.
Although Peugeot’s withdrawal from Le Mans series racing last week was a disappointment to those who have enjoyed its rivalry with Audi, the 2012 season will remain a closely fought affair due to the introduction of Toyota’s TS030 HYBRID Le Mans challenger.
Ex-Formula One driver and BBC F1 presenter, Martin Brundle, will join his son Alex at the wheel of the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport LMP2 prototype at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 16-17).
The RSR has long been ‘The Daddy’ of all Porsche’s racing models and at one time was the GT sportscar to have for any self-respecting race team, but in recent years the competition has become tougher with the Corvette ZR1, Ferrari F458 Italia and BMW M3 GT all taking their share of the winner’s garlands.
The 96th Indy 500 scheduled to run on 27 May 2012 will see the return to competitive racing of one of F1’s most admired drivers. Jean Alesi, who joined Group Lotus as a brand ambassador earlier this year will tackle his first competitive oval race, 10 years after he hung up his helmet from Formula One.