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Toyota unveils new livery for 2016 WEC season

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Toyota has overhauled its traditional blue and white livery for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in favor of a striking new design.

The Japanese manufacturer endured a difficult campaign in 2015 that yielded not a single victory and just two podium finishes as rivals Porsche and Audi got the jump in the development race.

As a result, Toyota has had to squeeze two years of development into one ahead of the 2016 season when it will once again field a pair of cars for the entire WEC season.

Although the new car won’t be unveiled until next month, Toyota has revealed the livery it will be running in for 2016 after putting the design on last year’s car.

Gone is the blue and in comes the red for a striking new look, albeit one not too dissimilar to that of Audi’s LMP1 car.

The redesign comes as part of an ongoing adoption of the Toyota Gazoo Racing name, under which banner the team will race in the WEC this year.

“The name first appeared as a logo on the TS040 Hybrid at last year’s Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and was carried for the remainder of the 2015 season,” a statement from the team read. “Now it is the team’s official name, meaning it will appear on all official WEC communication, including entry lists and television graphics.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing reflects a Toyota Motor Corporation philosophy to emphasise motorsport as a tool to make ever-better road cars.

“This philosophy is already embraced by the WEC programme, with hybrid technology and knowledge transfer from the race track benefiting road car development and engineers since the beginning of the project in 2012.

“The Toyota Gazoo Racing name is also used for Toyota new World Rally Championship project, as well as in various grassroots motorsport activities in Japan and the Nürburgring 24 Hours.”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”