The Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Japanese: トヨタ ガズーレーシング TS050 HYBRID, Toyota Gazū Rēshingu Tīesu Marugomaru Haiburiddo) is a upcoming Mini 4WD PRO car to be released by Tamiya in late 2018. It was first released as Tamiya Modeler's Gallery and Tamiya Hobby World-exclusive kit at first and was released as regular kit on October 27, 2018.
Length: 156 mm
Width: 97 mm
Height: 41 mm
Chassis: MA Chassis
Gear Set(s): 3.5:1
The TS050 featuring the typical Le Mans Prototype racing car body, with the lower flat front bonnet, the oversized fenders, the complicated side pontoon design, a vertical fin and a large spoiler. It was in the tricolor of white, red and black, with logos of the sponsors that supports Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 2018-19 WEC season.
The bodyshell, unlike other Mini 4WD cars, was made of clear polycarbonate with plastic mounting attached, meaning it can be painted in any color with spray paint (Usually the special paints for polycarbonate). Because cutting is also required, this makes the assembly of the car harder for those not used to this.
It was equipped with black, small diameter low-profile fin-type wheels and the black low profile tires. Both the chassis frame and A parts were molded in black.
Introduced in 2016, the Toyota TS050 Hybrid is a Le Mans Prototype 1 race car that supersedes the older TS040 Hybrid. As of 2018, it was the only LMP1 race car that has the hybrid power train.
Compare the TS040, the TS050 utilizes the smaller, 2.4 L twin-turbocharged 90-degree V6 engine that was paired the 6-speed or 7-speed automatic manual gearbox, which transfers the torque to the rear wheels.
Each drive axles were equipped with a 2 megajoule motor generator unit of their own that acting as both motor to provide additional power to the axles and as energy generator to converts the kinetic energy into electricity and stores them into the car's lithium-ion battery.