The Japanese automaker will compete with a new gasoline-electric hybrid LMP1 prototype race car, currently under development by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) based in Cologne, Germany.
TMG is the automaker’s motorsports division, previously responsible for its Formula 1 program but more recently its electric race car development.
Participation at Le Mans will be one of a number of races Toyota proposes to enter in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The new team will be based at TMG’s Cologne headquarters and it's expected that the new race car will be rolled out early in 2012 for extensive pre-season testing.
1999 Toyota GT-One Le Mans race car
Toyota hopes to learn from competing in endurance racing so that it can enhance its production car technology, which means that we could be seeing a new generation of hybrid sports cars from the Japanese automaker in the not too distant future.
Stay tuned for an update.