"Mentsch tracht, Gott lacht," goes the old Yiddish proverb. Man plans, God laughs. And that certainly applies to motor racing, where engineers, mechanics, strategists... entire teams spend day and night over the course of months preparing to campaign their new race car, only for it all to go horribly wrong at the last minute. And that's what the folks at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany, are apparently facing now.

After having their Formula One program shut down a couple of years ago by corporate headquarters, Toyota Motorsport has been hunting for a new project ever since. That new project turned out to be the TS030 Hybrid, an advanced Le Mans prototype which they've been gearing up to campaign in the new FIA World Endurance Championship and its headline event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only those plans were set back some – if not ground to a halt – last Wednesday when the only working example of the TS030 crashed while undergoing testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France.

In the statement after the jump, Toyota doesn't specify exactly what happened or who was driving at the time, but you can be sure he's feeling pretty morose right now, because the chassis was damaged so extensively that the team won't be able to repair it in time for the Six Hours of Spa where the car was supposed to make its race debut on May 5. Toyota does, however, expect to be up and running again in time for Le Mans in June, although whether that will leave the team with enough time to build the two cars it was expecting to field there or have to revert to a single entrant remains to be seen.
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TOYOTA RACING TO DELAY SEASON DEBUT

TOYOTA Racing regrets to announce that, as a result of a testing accident, it is not able to participate in the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

During testing at Paul Ricard, on Wednesday 4 April, the TS030 HYBRID was involved in an accident which damaged the team's only monocoque.

Regrettably this damage is too severe to repair. A replacement monocoque cannot be produced and sufficiently tested to ensure reliability within the limited time available.

Therefore TOYOTA Racing has informed the organizers of the FIA World Endurance Championship of its decision to withdraw from the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, due to be held on 5 May. The team will make its first appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TOYOTA Racing Team President:
"We are deeply saddened to announce this decision and our sympathies are with the drivers, team members and fans who have been anticipating the Spa race so eagerly. Since the accident we have looked into all options but unfortunately there is no alternative course of action open to us."

TOYOTA Racing will now urgently prepare a new monocoque to allow it to resume testing as soon as possible and prepare itself for the Le Mans 24 Hours.


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      LOLO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get well soon
      thagrus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey i purchased a prius that gets 52 mpg. Why cant we produce one like that................we can except for the fact that the automotive industry did not learn anything the last time around duh. They want to tell us what they produce is what you buy.It does not take a genius to put a 1.8 liter engine into a car have it charge off the front wheels to a lithium battery along with the engine to assist. And they wonder why the Volt is not selling......yea right.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      You may have opponents and allies in motorsports, but your best friend and worst enemy on track is the marriage of physics and sheer chance. You can have the best car on the field, the best driver, but a chance mishap could make it all go kaput. And physics dictates exactly how royally screwed you are once it gets hairy. I guess calculated chaos really defines this wonderful sport. I hope the team can pull together for the 24 hour, it would be nice to see how a gasoline hybrid TS030 fares: Wallowing midpack like the gasoline engined ones, dominating the front like diesel, and what about a diesel hybrid R18?
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car wasn't ready for prime time in any case. Only ONE prototype? And it couldn't be repaired in time for the race? Rule of thumb for endurance races is you have to have at least one of every component and major assembly (multiples for wear items!!) ready for installation as well as techniques and practice for installation ready for the race. One of the major reasons Audi does so well at LeMans and other races it the speed and ease with which damaged components and major assemblies can be swapped out in the pits.
        LOLO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        its not my fault u cant read
        JDam4131
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        May or may not bem nevertheless I'm sure Toyota has a bit more of a clue as to whats going on and what they need to do to make their cars ready for Le Man as opposed to someone on the internet.
          LOLO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JDam4131
          EXACTLY! i just thought it was strange that he replied in a pompous way is all. i wasn't trying to be an arse. How does this person know whats ready and why would he compare it to a Goliath effort spanning 7 years. (dev - racing) Audi Toyota Peugeot Panoz Bentley and the rest... This dream for all of them happens about it every 10 years. Its not a fair comparison at all because time wise they never sync up year wise, they are always on the way IN or about to bow out or racing. And ironically someone always proves they don't need 5 cars to do it. People are also so quick to point to there most recent ALMS event win. Where 3-4 was it FACTORY cars raced each-other and they "were all winners" when 4 factory cars race each-other its not a race its a parade. They sold it AS a race between other LMP cars that existed on the track Dyson ect. These cars are not even CLOSE to the Audi's performance wise mainly because they weren't built to be. I want this and ANY other LMP cars to go to Le Mans cause we don't wait all year to see a parade.
        LOLO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Someone here knows nothing about racing. Its you. So what if there is "only one". Also they are all "PROTOTYPES" that's what the P stands for silly. There is no prime time for prototypes u go for it. You state - "One of the major reasons Audi does so well at LeMans and other races it the speed and ease with which damaged components and major assemblies can be swapped out in the pits." That a random fact? Seems like a part of racing. They know everything you know your not on a team and are not educating anyone. That statement has nothing to do with the wreck at all. The article states- "...because the chassis was damaged so extensively that the team won't be able to repair it" Did you watch Le Mans last year? Did audi "Quickchange" the chassis anything after (those) wrecks? Please read the article.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Darn. This "Toyota" won't be ready for something nobody cares about. "Anyone BUT Obama 2012"
        metalmatrix7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I am literally blinded by your trollatude.
        Hal Jordan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        The American car, Corvette, has quite a nice record at LeMans, but I guess you wouldn't care about that since Obama wrongly saved GM, right? Politics and racing have no place together, and are rarely even mentioned by fans across borders.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hal Jordan
          Yes and no. Whining about presidents you don't like is just what it is: whining. Fans refusing to buy tickets to the Bahrain Bloodbath Gran Prix, F1 cancelling races is perfectly fine by me.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Dumb enough to think nobody cares about Le Mans because it's not NASCURRH. Typical Obama basher. Not saying I support him, but your blockheaded bias has lead you to bring up politics on an article that has nothing to do with it. At least your anti-Toyota sentiment is on topic. Bringing up the President in an article about a motorsports crash is like saying: "I really hate orange juice. Therefore all penguins must die!" WTF?
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Nobody mentioned stock car racing either.
        paqza
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I didn't realize Obama was driving the Toyota when it crashed.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Absolutely right! A quarter million in attendance and 47 million viewers worldwide don't give a rats ass about Le Mans.
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      jjpool
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a bummer. I was looking forward to seeing this droopy-eyed 'yota make its debut!
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      *cough*
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just hope those parts are not made of carbon fibers, because the only option is to replace if they have a spare parts, or build one again..
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just hope those parts are not made of carbon fibers, because the only option is to replace if they have a spare parts, or build one again..
      Peter J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see man plan and build but no god laughing. How about sticking to factual evidence at hand when writing a proper article Mr. Joseph?
        shahnflood
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter J
        Seriously? You're complaining about Autoblog using a proverb that relates simply because the word "God" is used? As if somehow its not legitimate to believe in God? Or even that a proverb using such thought is somehow not allowed in journalism? Wow. Time to grow up and be a man about things. Not everyone believes the way you do. Remember to play nice with the other kids in this sandbox Autoblog has graciously provided.
      • 2 Years Ago
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