“Now we’re starting to talk about electric and hydrogen. For Toyota Gazoo Racing, Le Mans is the perfect place to showcase new ideas and make a better car from motorsport activity.”

Is there a propulsion method you can see dominating?

“At Toyota in general we try to give more and more options to the customers. We are not only talking about electric, but also hydrogen, and we are still pushing for the internal combustion engine as well. Especially when you look at the hydrogen-combustion racing car in Japan that [Toyota boss] Akio Toyoda has been driving. The development speed is quite impressive.

“What I am excited about with this project is that it keeps internal combustion but has carbon-neutrality at the same time. I personally don’t wish to lose exciting engine sounds and I really hope this will be one of the solutions.”

Can that technology ever become mainstream?

“Hybrid technology wasn’t so affordable at first, but with more demand from the customers, the price goes down. Most of the components and technology for the hydrogen-combustion car are the same as a regular ICE. So technically there is a good way to make it work. The energy supply is a different question, but as the world is changing in that regard, it should be achievable.”



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