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'Works' Toyota is built for comfort

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Based on a long-wheelbase Proace (which superceded the Hi-Ace in EU markets) the PR040 has a 94kW, two-litre turbodiesel.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!

SPECIFICATIONS

Fold away double bed

Roof bed for two

Twin-burner hob

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

Microwave oven

220-volt power hook-up with 220-volt and 12-volt sockets

LED lighting

Diesel-powered heating system

Fire extinguisher

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