project was funded by Toyota Motor Sports division as a low-key "toe in
the water". The budget was very tight (<$500k), and
never any intention on the part of Toyota to race it, although we at
had hopes, particularly after it tested promisingly.
only engines Toyota could provide was existing examples of the 2.1
turbo motor in Group C spec: this was because all their resources were
taken up with the new Champcar engine. I'd had experience of
engine in Group C in '88, and felt that the key to economy and reliability was
adequate cooling, which
the Group C Toyota never had. The gearbox was based on the
Group C Xtrac unit. The tub was extremely strong, stiff (>50,000
and simple. The complete car weighed 790 kg, without lights
heavyweight bodywork. We ballasted it with a 5 mm thick
steel floor beneath the monocoque.
budget didn't permit any scale model wind tunnel work, so the
were best guess. The aerodynamic aim was simply reducing the
over the upper body, particularly the front, without increasing the
Hence the reflex curve to floor of the radiator duct entry, and the flat
to the nose and the front fenders. I wanted a simple bodywork
so I eliminated the usual tortuous front brake ducting by feeding
scoops direct from the big rad. ducts.
car was christened "Lumpy" (LMP1), although its official name was TOMS
Toyota LMP. It tested three times, if I remember
Kristensen certainly did one of those and maybe more. It was
reliable and, as far as we could judge without a direct comparison,
The fuel consumption was certainly much better than the Toyota 88C with
the same engine. It was then sent over to Cologne and covered in a
interesting epilogue. In the RTN shops as an Audi R8C is
prior to Le Mans '99. Notice what hangs on the wall?