• Audi R18 e-tron Quatro and Toyota TS030 Hybrids

  • Audi R18 e-tron Quatro and Toyota TS030 Hybrids
  • Toyota TS030 and drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Anthony Davidson
  • Toyota TS030 and drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Anthony Davidson
While the Toyota TS030 Hybrid won't be participating in this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium due to a crash in pre-season testing last month, that didn't stop the automaker from bringing the new endurance racer as a preview for what's to come for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The TS030 even made time for a quick photoshoot at the infamous Masta Kink alongside the new Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, which happens to be making its race debut this weekend.

While both the Audi and Toyota employ hybrid powertrains, a first for endurance prototypes, each go about it in very different ways. The TS030 makes use of a naturally aspirated 3.4-liter V8 while the R18 e-tron Quattro uses a turbocharged diesel V6. Audi's hybrid system powers the front wheels, hence the Quattro name, while Toyota has yet to announce whether it's system will drive the front or rear wheels.

The closed cockpit racers make for quite an attractive couple, and we hope it's a pairing that will form a lasting rivalry in the coming years.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the hybrids did pretty well, especially for a first race. They finished 2nd and 4th while the traditional diesels finished 1st and 3rd. And one of the hybrids actually set fastest lap for the race. Apparently they don't have the setup for the car quite right yet as they couldn't get any heat in the front tires to bring them up to full grip. But that is usually a setup issue and something they can work out with experience. But to see them do this well with new technology, on a first time out of the box...very impressive. Of course, with Peugeot dropping out of the series due to the company's revenue problems...it is really sad and takes away a great deal of the excitement.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does the Toyota share a LOT of similarities with the Audi?
        • 2 Years Ago
        somone dosnt watch lmp or know what an lmp is.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's an aerodynamic and has some lightweight components at least. I wonder what the watts per mile would be with an electric engine and traveling at 55 mph?
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not the masta kink, that was in the old (and bigger) Franchorchamps circuit. This is on top of the Raidillon looking down to eau rouge.

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