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Toyota will be returning to Le Mans and will compete in the 24-hour endurance race next year with a new hybrid-powered race car.

The petrol-electric hybrid powertrain will be fitted to a new chassis that will be built to LMP1 specifications by Toyota Motorsport at its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The engine used will come from Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.

Toyota says the hybrid racer will also compete in other FIA World Endurance Championship races for the 2012 season. The Japanese automaker will introduce the new race car in early 2012 where it will undergo extensive testing before the start of the season.

Toyota last raced in the 24-hours of Le Mans back in the late 1990s with the GT-One.

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