Drama and heartbreak. Those are the two words that best describe this year’s 84th Le Mans 24 Hours.
Toyota suffered a crushing defeat in the last 10 minutes of the famous race after its No. 5 TS050 Hybrid lost power on the track. It had been just minutes away from being only the second Japanese manufacturer in history to win Le Mans.
Instead, the No.2 Porsche 919 streaked past Toyota GAZOO Racing to take the winner’s spot. It’s Porsche’s second consecutive race win and 18th win overall.
With only three minutes and 21 seconds to go in the race, the No. 5 Toyota TS050 was on pace to win it all. But it came to a halt in front of the pits due to catastrophic power failure. As a small consolation, No. 6 Toyota placed second in the race behind Porsche.
You can see the heartbreaking moment as the car comes to a stop in the video below.
The Toyota racing team is trying to figure out what went wrong and whether turbo failure played a role.
“Despite strenuous efforts to restore drive, the car struggled round the lap and stopped on the start-finish line. It was eventually restarted and completed the final lap too slowly to be classified,” the Toyota team said in a statement on its website. “The team will analyze the cause of the problem as part of its preparations for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, which begin immediately.