In a webcast announcement early this morning (EU time), Toyota have confirmed that they will continue in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2015.
Toyota President, Akio Toyoda opened today’s press conference by explaining the strong benefits the WEC brings to Toyota; enabling the Japanese manufacturer to hone their hybrid technologies, fuel efficiency and strength of components.
“Can hybrid power bring us new excitement?” Toyoda-san asked, “I believe it can. We will continue to compete in the WEC because we are planting the seeds of innovation for making better cars while we stick to the obvious goal of winning races.
“Toyota’s vision is to bring smiles to people’s faces and contribute to society, this vision has remained unchanged since our foundation. To this end we will continue to make better cars through the activity of Toyota Racing . Motorsports will remain the core of these activities”
President Toyoda then handed over to Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato expanded on the importance of Toyota’s participation in the WEC to the development of environmentally friends vehicles, hybrid technology being a core product to Toyota. Kato-san also confirmed that in 2015, Kazuki Nakajima will compete in all rounds of WEC.
The drivers were announced as:
- Anthony Davidson
- Sebastien Buemi
- Kazuki Nakajima
- Alex Wurtz
- Stephane Sarazin
- Mike Conway
While the drivers of the #1 car were present on stage, Wurtz, Sarazin and Conway were unable to attend due to testing schedules with the new car.An announcement regarding a test and reserve driver will be made in the coming weeks.
“We are very happy to confirm our driver line-up for 2015.” saidTeam President Yoshiaki Kinoshita. “We have worked with all our drivers for a long time now and have developed very strong relationships. This stability and consistency has been a significant part of our recent success so it was a priority when planning for 2015 and beyond.
“Based on our experiences in 2014, we have decided to modify the line-ups for each car and we believe this will give us the optimum overall performance as the individual driving styles are now well matched. All our drivers are WEC race winners and we are confident they will add to their tally this season and in the future.”
The 2014 WEC World Driver and Manufacturer Champions will field a two car entry into the WEC with a revised version of the TS040 Hybrid.