Toyota TS030

Toyota/Audi hybrid race cars win 1st & 2nd at 6 Hours of Sao Paulo endurance race

Toyota's TS030 hybrid race car made a convincing win in the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, joining Audi's R18 e-tron quattro hybrid race car as 2012's top dawgs in endurance car racing.

Hybrid race cars are winning in major international races. Last weekend, at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, in the FIA World Endurance Championship race series, Toyota achieved a historic win with their new TS030 hybrid race car. Audi came in second, with the hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro, and Audi also took the 3rd podium position with a non-hybrid Audi R18 ultra. The Toyota TS030 is only in its third race ever, and it had taken 2nd place in the 6 Hours of Silverstone race in August (which was won by Audi's R18 e-tron quattro).

The two winning hybrid race cars took 1st and 3rd positions in the field during the qualifying race. Drivers Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre won pole position with a 1:22.363 best lap time and 188.3 km/hr fastest speed. Next was an Audi R18 ultra team consisting of Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Lucas Di Grassi, with a 1:23.147 best lap and 186.6 km/hr fastest speed. In 3rd was an Audi R18 e-tron quattro team consisting of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, who had a 1:23.332 best lap time and 186.2 km/hr fastest speed.

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