By: IOL Motoring Staff
Le Mans, France - There are actually two works Toyotas making their endurance-racing debut at this weekend's 24-hour classic. Out on the track the 740kW TS040 Hybrid will be contesting 'Les 24 Heures du Mans' - to give it its official title - for the first time.
Meanwhile, parked in the paddock, the PR040, a special camper conversion based on a Proace van, is being tested as a media centre and 'crash pad' for a team of journalists.
The one-off PR040 is unmistakeable - it's finished in the in the same Toyota Motorsport racing livery as its sports-car sister model.
But this one is built for comfort, not for speed.
Based on a long-wheelbase Proace (which superceded the Hi-Ace in EU markets) the PR040 has a 94kW, two-litre turbodiesel.
It's been transformed by Staffordshire-based specialist G&P into a four-berth hotel on wheels, complete with its own water supply, gas hob, fridge-freezer, microwave oven, TV, work surfaces and power-points for charging cameras, phones, tablets and laptops.
The PRO40 was built to Toyota motorsport specifications, but G&P can build you a similar home away from home for about £12 000 (R216 000) - not including the price of the van!
Fold away double bed
Roof bed for two
Sink unit and on-board water supply
39 litre fridge with 5.3 litre freezer compartment
Driver and front passenger seats with full swivel function
Dining table and courtesy table
Television with Freeview reception
220-volt power hook-up with 220-volt and 12-volt sockets
Diesel-powered heating system