Some early important details as the morning long launch of the Toyota TS040 for 2015 continues:
2015 car is 80% new and will stay in the 6mJ category.
Kamui Kobayashi joins as test and development driver up to and including Le Mans.
Toshio Sato replaces Yoshiaki Kinoshita as Team President after Silverstone.
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.
The decision to stay with a 6mJ package was made some time ago.
Car retains the 3.7-litre N/A V8.
At present two cars are confirmed for 2015. No decision on a third car yet for 2016 and 2017, but there is potential.
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.