Toyota found reason for last lap failure during 24hrs of Le Mans

Toyota has found the reason why the #5 TS050 Hybrid of Nakajima, Davidson and Buemi stopped on the start/finish straight of Le Mans just five minutes early on the penultimate lap. The issue was caused by the airline between one of the turbo’s and the intercooler.

When this issue occurred, the control system did try to compensate for the sudden loss of power but failed. Toyota Gazoo Racing emphasizes that this issue is completely unrelated to the engine issues suffered by both the #5 and #6 car during the 6hrs of Spa, a month earlier.

The cause of the issue has yet to be identified as research continues.

It is however not caused by slowing down to create a finish that was nice for all the pictures. The car slowed down because of the issue, not to look good on photo’s.

2016 FIA WEC - 24hrs of Le Mans
The #5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi, Nakajima and Davidson through the Michelin Chicane

News source: http://toyotagazooracing.com/jp/wec/release/2016/0623-01.html

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2016 FIA WEC – 24hrs of Le Mans

I just came back from the 24hrs of Le Mans… What a race… What a blow to Toyota, and what a victory for Porsche! It now has 18 victories in total!

Ford had a great comeback in GT Pro, winning the first outing for the new Ford GT.

I’ve uploaded the first pics from the Michelin Chicane and Mulsanne corner, find them in the events section or click here.

#71 AF CORSE FERRARI 488 GTE - Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD & Andrea BERTOLINI
#71 AF CORSE FERRARI 488 GTE – Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD & Andrea BERTOLINI