Hi all, having just written the final test of my time in high school I find myself in possession of enough free time to begin one of the first builds of this summer, that being the Toyota TS050 hybrid WEC racer.
Shes’s a beaut eh?
From wikipedia: The Toyota TS050 Hybrid is a sports prototype racing car developed for the 2016 Le Mans Prototype rules in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The car is the direct successor of the Toyota TS040 Hybrid, which competed in both the 2014 and 2015 FIA WEC seasons. The TS050 was revealed at the Circuit Paul Ricard on 24 March 2016 due to Toyota’s 2-year cycle policy. The engine is a 2.4L twin-turbocharged petrol V6, while the two previous cars used a naturally aspirated petrol V8. It features an 8-megajoule hybrid system, which uses lithium-ion batteries.
So to summarise, it’s a Prius on some serious go-fast juice.
This amazing little car is represented by Tamiya in 1/24 scale. This is a newer (if rare) model of theirs, and I was lucky to snatch up the only one my hobby store had (mind you, that’s the only one we had for the entire country!) The kit is a bit pricier, but it’s clearly worth it. The quality is incredible, and I can tell just from looking at the sprues that this is going to be one tough build, even OOB. In a similar manner to their new McLaren Senna, the kit does away with a one piece body in favour of building up the monocoque in a manner similar to building the body of a motorcycle.
As you can see, there’s quite a bit going on with this kit. It definitely won’t be a speed build like my Ninja! I’m going to take my time with this one. I’ll also try to be better at posting updates.
See you guys in the thread,