Toyota's result at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year was a podium position – yet naturally the manufacturer has indicated some dissatisfaction with the third-place finish.
A No8 Toyota Hybrid TS040 was fielded by the Toyota Racing team, piloted by a group of expert drivers including Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi. It had originally been joined by a No7 car, which started the race in pole position. Electrical problems unfortunately side-lined the car at the 14-hour mark, and the No8 team battled on to the finish.
It wasn't without its own issues: the team supporting the No8 had a race against time to repair the car after a multi-vehicle accident caused by rain. With 50 minutes lost, the fact that the drivers pushed to climb back up the rankings is admirable and highly impressive.
The frustration of the team is understandable, as all were aiming for the coveted first place. However, the result is Toyota's fifth top-three finish at the Le Mans endurance race and maintains the brand's overall lead in the World Endurance Championship.
Toyota hybrids are some of the cleanest, most efficient and stylish cars on the road. Drivers will appreciate their endurance on motorway runs and frequent journeys, and the selection is versatile enough to meet a wide variety of motoring needs.
Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June will get to see the Le Mans Toyota Hybrid TS040 take on the venue's iconic hill climb.
Find out more about hybrids from Toyota and book in for your test drive with the Charles Hurst Toyota team in Dundonald, Newtownabbey or Belfast.