Toyota Racing has a stellar reputation in endurance motor racing, and is competing in the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship (WEC) this year, once again. But unless you understand the facts and figures that underpin the championship; it’s hard to comprehend just how tough it is. To that end, we’ve produced an infographic that maps out the miles that the team will cover during the competition’s seven month-long season, which began on April 20 with the Six Hours of Silverstone.
There are eight races in the WEC – seven six-hour, and one 24-hour race in Le Mans, France. Toyota enters two TS040 Hybrid racers, numbered ‘7’ and ‘8’; over the season, these cars will cover 16,672km (10,360 miles) with each one generating 6MJ of energy per lap – the same as a human body gets from eating 1,100 burgers.
In June, the team partook in Le Mans 24 Hours and suffered a run of bad luck, which included the No7 car retiring as the race approached its 14th hour due to an electrical fault. Despite this, the team posted an impressive third-place podium finish. During the race, each TS040 Hybrid generated enough energy to power the average home for 45 days – an astonishing 2000MJ.
Two winning positions and a third place position at Le Mans means that Toyota Racing is leading the way in the WEC – with 115 points, the team has a 60 point advantage over Porsche.
Meanwhile, in the Drivers’ Championship, Nicolas Lapierre, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson have a 20 point lead over their nearest rivals.
The next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas on the 18-20 September. Due to the global nature of the WEC; the team will travel over 110,000km between races and test runs – that’s 2.75 times around the world!
The fixtures for the remainder of the championship are listed below:
|Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas||20/09/2014|
|Six Hours of Fuji||12/10/2014|
|Six Hours of Shanghai||02/11/2014|
|Six Hours of Bahrain||15/11/2014|
|Six Hours of Sao Paulo||30/11/2014|