Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts
The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago
Toyota is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship with its new Le Mans Hypercar. The story stretches back nearly 40 years to a low-key entry into the Group C arena and straddles multiple eras of sportscar history and different rulesets.
There have been cars run out of Japan, Britain and Germany and any number of engine configurations, from a four-cylinder 2.1-litre turbo four through a 1000bhp V8, and a screaming 3.5-litre V10 and onto the hybrid powerplants with which Toyota has competed in the current iteration of the world series since 2012.
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