Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota
This weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship marks the 100th world champion prototype start for Toyota. 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.
The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, are arguably the greatest sportscars of all time.
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