I am shure they have more than just a chance, albeit not in their first year back. Presently the only manufacturers spending big money on their Le Mans contenders are Peugeot and Audi. Toyota should be able to at least get close to their budget. Hybrid technology should allow Toyota to get the fuel consumption close to the diesel cars. If they don't mess up and/or get overly patriotic with their choice of drivers it shall be an interesting race this year - and the next.
It's a fantastic move.
Surely Nakajima will be in the driving line-up. Hardly a bad move. He can be in the B or C car with other less experienced f1 type drivers, while the sportscar aces take the lead car.
I wonder why they do not use Lexus brand instead of Toyota though. Lexus has a snooze image, maybe they are happy to keep it that way... not everyone wants to drive around in a 2.0L 4cyl n/a BMW or Mercedes with 18" wheels and a bodykit all show, no go!!
Edited by V8 Fireworks, 26 October 2011 - 23:26.