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    Report: How Toyota's Le Mans racer may make its next Prius even better
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    The supercapacitor technology in the Toyota TS040 "offers great possibility for production car use." – Amanda Rice, Toyota Pop-culture junkies familiar with 1980s touchstone movies will hear the word "capacitor" and think Back to the Future. But the concept of supercapacitors being used ...

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    Official: Porsche hybrids come up short at Le Mans
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    Two cars, one finish, zero victories. That's a brief synopsis of Porsche's hybrid-vehicle performance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. There's always next year. Porsche entered two 919 Hybrid vehicles in the race. The No. 14 car essentially limped to the finish line after encountering ...

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    Official: Nissan ZEOD RC completes 24 laps at Le Mans
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    Well, that's a nice start. Nissan says a test version of its ZEOD RC racecar has completed its first 24 laps at Le Mans in France. And, aside from two "small technical issues," things went swimmingly. The ZEOD (which stands for "zero emissions on demand") RC pairs a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder ...

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    Motorsports: Nissan, Michelin working on special eco tires for ZEOD RC
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    As Nissan neared completion of its ZEOD RC electric racer, the automaker approached Michelin with a challenge: make us some racing tires with low rolling resistance that also have a high level of grip. Nissan wanted the tires for it ZEOD RC (Zero Emission on Demand Racing Car) electric car, ...

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    Motorsports: Münch Racing wins TTXGP Euro and FIM ePower Championship at Le Mans
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    Le Mans was the place to be last weekend for electric racing fans as both the TTXGP European and FIM ePower International championships wound up their respective 2012 seasons with a joint race – the third time this season the two organizations have teamed up for such an event. Münch ...

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    Motorsports: GreenGT H2 rolls on Dunlop tires designed for hydrogen racer
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    If you've been waiting awhile to see the GreenGT motorsport race car make it to race tracks, you can wave the flag next year. What started out as a black and white electric racer in 2009 – then got green accents in 2010 and 2011 – has now become the GreenGT H2, a hydrogen fuel ...

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    Motorsports: Mazda Skyactiv-D diesel to power Dempsey Racing LMP2 challenger at Le Mans
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    The Grand AM GX class isn't the only place where Mazda will be running its 2.2-liter turbocharged Skyactiv-D four-cylinder diesel next year: it will power the LMP2 contender fielded by Dempsey Racing, a team co-owned by actor Patrick Dempsey. Mazda will also provide the engine to other teams ...

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    Motorsports: Le Mans rule changes for 2014 announced, engine restrictions eased
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    The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has announced a number of rule changes for the 2014 race that open up the options for LMP1 racers and guide their technology closer to that of road cars, and that should also give fans even better racing than we're used to ...

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    Video: Watch a night lap at Le Mans in an Audi R18 e-tron
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    If you have a hard time fathoming what it must be like to drive in a 24-hour endurance race, you're going to want to watch the video below. You'll see an Audi R18 e-tron quattro – the fastest cars on the race track at Le Mans, by a smidge, over the similarly hybrid-powered Toyota TS 030 ...

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    Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack
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    There were times during the past days of qualifying when it looked like Audi might own the first two rows of the starting grid for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. The R18 e-tron quattro hybrid cars were running the quickest lap times, with the two diesel R18 Ultras following close behind. The ...

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    Motorsports: Le Mans places limits on new hybrid LMPs
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    Diesel power may still be the dominant force at the forefront of endurance sportscar racing centered around Le Mans, but this year sees a new form of propulsion on the field: hybrids. Both Toyota and Audi are hitting the newly inaugurated World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans ...

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    Video: Audi R18 e-tron Quattro debuts in motion
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    The top class of endurance racing like what we see at Le Mans tends to follow trends. Open cockpits gave way to closed ones in LMP1 racers, but while diesel engines continue to dominate, we're now entering the age of hybrid prototypes. Peugeot was said to be working on just such a powertrain for ...

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    Official: Audi unleashes hybrid, AWD powertrain on Le Mans with new R18 e-tron Quattro
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    When we hear names like TFSI and Quattro, we automatically think of Audi. But while these technologies have proliferated across the company's production model range, they weren't initially developed for the road – they were developed for racing. So sit up straight and pay attention to ...

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    Official: Toyota upgrades limited TS030 Hybrid racing program to full WEC entry
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    When Toyota announced its return to endurance sports car racing with the new TS030 Hybrid this season, the plan was to enter a handful of races, like Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps, on an invitational basis. Plans change, though, and Toyota has now upgraded the program to a full manufacturer ...

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    Official: Audi confirms R18 hybrid as part of 2012 endurance racing program
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    The diesel era at Le Mans may not be over yet, but already we're seeing the emergence of a new propulsion trend: hybrids. Toyota recently announced the TS030 Hybrid LMP1, Peugeot was working on a hybrid version of its 908 prototype before it killed the race program, and now Audi has confirmed a ...

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    Official: Toyota reveals TS030 Hybrid endurance prototype
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    The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. So, apparently, do the world's automakers. At least, that is, when it comes to Le Mans. Case in point: the new Toyota TS030 Hybrid, the Le Mans prototype that the Japanese automaker has just revealed, mere days after Peugeot announced its departure from ...

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    Report: Toyota begins testing new hybrid LMP1
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    The sudden departure of Peugeot from the Le Mans racing scene came as quite a shock, we know. But don't count the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship – or the famed 24-hour race at its center – out for the count before it's even started, because another powerhouse is already ...

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    Rumormill: Audi testing revised R18 at Sebring with possible hybrid power
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    After dominating Le Mans-class endurance sportscar racing for years now, Audi is left with little to prove. Plus, with sister-company Porsche returning with an LMP1 program of its own, and Bentley reportedly considering the same, rumors have been circulating that the four-ringed automaker could ...

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    Official: Peugeot begins track-testing 908 diesel hybrid
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    Diesel propulsion isn't anything new in Le Mans-class endurance racing. Hybrids are still a rarity, but even when Toyota returns to Le Mans with a hybrid LMP1 next year, it won't be alone. That's because Peugeot is preparing to chart new territory with the 908 Hybrid4. The latest evolution of ...

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    Report: Toyota to return to Le Mans with LMP1 hybrid in 2012
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    Toyota will reportedly challenge diesel-burning entries from Audi and Peugeot at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans by fielding a hybrid prototype LMP1 racer of its own. The Japanese automaker is expected to participate in a handful of 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship races, but its main focus ...

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