The Japanese manufacturer’s all-wheel drive GR010 HYBRID worked with front and rear 14-inch tires in its debut season of 2021, which won the title but will switch to the second option currently allowed in this year’s rules.
This means it will run 13.5 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear of the Michelin, just like the rear-wheel drive Glickenhaus-Pipo 007 LMH.
Toyota has not yet confirmed the move, but sources confirm that pre-season tests were conducted with the car in a revised configuration.
A Toyota spokesman did not confirm the transition and said he would disclose the specifications of the latest GR010 before the official WEC prologue test over the weekend before the opening of the Sebring 1000 Miles season on May 18th.
Toyota’s switch between the two tire sizes in the regulations has been affected by changes to the rules following the completion of the convergence process of the LMH category and the related LMDh class, which will appear next year.
The so-called “Rule 120”, the minimum speed in kilometers per hour at which power can be deployed on the front wheels of LMH hybrids when cars are on slippery, has become part of the performance balance system.
This means that this speed and the minimum speed of 150 km / h used last year when cars were on tires for wet weather can vary from track to track and from car to car.
This stemmed from concerns of manufacturers, especially those who create cars only with rear-wheel drive LMDh rules about the benefits offered by all-wheel drive.
It is unclear at this stage whether the change in Toyota’s configuration will be considered one of the five evolutions allowed to each manufacturer during the LMH lifecycle given the performance known as the “evo jokers” in the regulations.
Manufacturers must apply for permission to make changes to the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which write the rules.
The eva joker covers one area of the car as defined by the form of rejuvenation.
Peugeot has confirmed that its 9X8 has 14-inch front and rear tires, and is confident that the PB will maintain a fair balance between cars of different sizes.
The latest regulations state that for LMH cars rejuvenated after 2022, a 13.5 / 15-inch setting will be mandatory.
Spy shots of the 2022 Toyota show larger rear wings, though it’s unclear whether this is the degree of aerodynamic evolution for 2022.