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Toyota Confirm 2015 FIA WEC Programme (updated)

Some early important details as the morning long launch of the Toyota TS040 for 2015 continues:

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2015 car is 80% new and will stay in the 6mJ category.

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Kamui Kobayashi joins as test and development driver up to and including Le Mans.

Toshio Sato replaces Yoshiaki Kinoshita as Team President after Silverstone.

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Toyota commit to FIA WEC for a further three years!

Nicolas Lapierre remains as a Toyota test and development driver.

Kazuki Nakajima is confirmed for the full season in 2015. NO clashing commitments.

The FIA WEC programme is the number-one race programme for TMG.

Motorsport becoming much more central to Toyota Motor Corporation R&D.

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The decision to stay with a 6mJ package was made some time ago.

Car retains the 3.7-litre N/A V8.

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At present two cars are confirmed for 2015. No decision on a third car yet for 2016 and 2017, but there is potential.

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2015 is likely to be the final season for the successful Toyota supercapacitor technology.

A new system, specifically designed for the 8 mJ category, is currently under development for 2016.