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Toyota’s Loss Of Pace In 6H Nürburgring Explained

Aero performance change left the #7 unable to fight Porsche

Toyota Gazoo Racing has revealed the reason for the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid’s drop in performance during the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, which left it unable to challenge the two leading Porsches after leading the opening stages of the race.

“Following analysis of the bodywork on the #7 TS050 Hybrid after the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, Toyota Gazoo Racing has identified the specific issue which caused an unexpected change in aerodynamic performance during the race,” a statement from the team reads.

“During the race this was identified as an issue with aerodynamic balance migration. Post-race investigation has revealed significant damage to the underfloor of the #7 car as well as a hole in the rear wing, which caused cracks in the main plane during the race.

“The team believes this damage was caused by curb riding for the underfloor and by unidentified flying debris which struck the leading edge of the rear wing main plane.”

In the end, the lead Toyota, after setting Pole Position, finished third, over a minute behind the two Porsche 919s which finished the race in a 1-2 position.

The sister #8 Toyota TS050 also wasn’t able to challenge the Porsches, and finished laps down in fourth, after a fuel pump problem occurred at the start of the warm up lap before the race.