According to AFP
, the Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun
is reporting Toyota
plans to bring a hybrid
to the Le Mans 24 hour race
in France. An unnamed Toyota official told Yomiuri Shimbun, "Audi
proved the superiority of the next generation diesel
engine at Le Mans
. Toyota wants to do the same with the hybrid." Yomiuri Shimbun also says that to make a hybrid race car, "Toyota has to significantly reduce the vehicle's weight and increase its efficiency." Toyota last raced in Le Mans in 1999 and placed second but now hopes a hybrid race car will take them to victory.
Update: The original article which also mentions Toyota will use a "special capacitor."
[Source: Yomiuri Shimbun via Agence France-Presse (AFP) article]