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Round 8 of the World Endurance Championship

Finally, after eight hard-fought rounds that has seen the team give everything in races as far flung as Fuji in Japan to Austin in America, TOYOTA Racing has done it: winners of the 2014 World Endurance Championship manufacturers’ title!

The result in the final race of the year, the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, also marked an historic moment in sports car racing history: the first time a Japanese manufacturer has won the World Endurance Championship in any of its guises since its inception in 1953.

In a race that thrilled fans from beginning to end, the #8 TS040 HYBRID of World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi finished in a gallant second place following a late safety car period that effectively put an end to a nail-biting battle for victory.

The #7 of Alex Wurz, Stépane Sarrazin and Mike Conway finished in fourth after they were handed a harsh drive through the pits penalty, losing them valuable time and dropping them to fifth in the drivers’ championship.

The wait is over

Disappointments aside, the focus this weekend really was on the team result and, following its last triumph in the 1999 World Rally Championship, ended TOYOTA’s 15-year wait for a title.


The race also marked a significant milestone for the TOYOTA HYBRID System – Racing. Since a TOYOTA Supra became the first ever hybrid race winner in 2007, the pioneering super capacitor technology has been extensively developed.

Reductions in weight, an increase in power and 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to 2013, has led to this year’s 1,000PS, four-wheel drive TS040 HYBRID winning five of its eight races, taking four pole positions and finishing on the podium 12 times. Impressive stuff.


6 Hours of Sao Paulo - Race Highlights

Title joy

Following the race Akio Toyoda, President of TOYOTA Motor Corporation, reflected on the team’s success: “After only three years in the FIA World Endurance Championship, I’m overjoyed that TOYOTA Racing was able to win both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ World Championships this season with the TS040 HYBRID.”


And showing a hint of disappointed at not finishing the season off with a win, Anthony Davidson added: “It wasn’t the way we wanted to win the manufacturers’ World Championship but it was good fun trying to win the race today. We didn’t expect to be fighting for victory so that was, in a way, a bonus. It also shows why we are the champions because we didn’t give up at all today.”

As we reflect on a hugely successful season for the whole TOYOTA Racing team, all eyes will no doubt turn to the new year where preparations will soon be underway for the first race of the 2015 season: The 6 Hours of Silverstone in April.

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