Due to coronavirus pandemic, Toyota is planning the first GR Super Sport-based hypercar test for the WEC 2021, three months later than originally planned.
“The hypercar will hit the track in October,” said Pascal Vasselon, chief technology officer at Toyota’s recently renamed Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe team in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
On this occasion, Vasselon points out in the Instagram chat, which was set by the Le Mans organizer ACO, that the schedule has been postponed by three months: “We originally planned the first tests for July, but the current situation does not allow us to do so. The fact that the first race of the 2021 season won’t start until March gives us a little more time.”
Originally, the Hypercars race debut should have taken place in September 2020 at the 4 hours of Silverstone as the first race of the 2020/21 WEC season. However, due to the corona crisis, the Silverstone race was canceled. At the same time, the cross-year racing calendar was shelved. The current WEC season is scheduled to begin in Sebring in March 2021.
The Hypercar from Toyota is based on the Toyota GR Super Sport, although the design work has made good progress so far. Because these activities could be carried out by the Cologne-based Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe staff from the home office, a spokesman for the team remarked.
The main reason for the three-month offset compared to the original test plan is therefore the fact that there were delivery bottlenecks in the material used to build the car. Carbon in particular is currently difficult to obtain because Italy, as one of the main sources of the material widely used in motorsport, ranks in the top 3 countries with the most coronavirus infections . The restrictions were and are rigorous in Italy.