Toyota claimed their third consecutive Le Mans 24 Hour title on Sunday, the 88th edition of the motorsport classic staged without its usual quarter of a million diehard fans due to Covid-19.
Kazuki Nakajima, sharing the driving with Swiss Sebastien Buemi and New Zealander Brendon Hartley, took the chequered flag at 1230 GMT, precisely one day and 387 laps after setting off from third on the grid at the famed endurance race's La Sarthe circuit.
Hartley, a winner with Porsche in 2017, was stepping in for Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula One champion who skipped the hat-trick bid to concentrate on his return to F1 next season.
The Rebellion of American Gustavo Menezes, Frenchman Norman Nato and Ayrton Senna's nephew Bruno put up a stoic fight but were unable to match the Toyota's power, the private entry coming in second, five laps adrift.
Toyota's other car driven by Briton Mike Conway, Japanese Kamui Kobayashi and Argentine Jose-Maria Lopez, had set out from pole and was looking good for victory at the half way point.
But a half an hour pit stop during the night for a turbo change ruined their race.
Kobayashi made his frustration clear as he climbed out of his car in the pits. The Japanese driver has finished second at Le Mans in each of the last three years. In 2019 he again looked on target to win before a puncture with an hour to go gifted victory to his teammates.
In fourth, and last place in the elite LMP1 race's five-car grid came Rebellion's other car, with the Enzo of Tom Dillmann, Bruno Spengler and Oliver Webb retiring after 97 laps.
As the only constructor in the compact grid, Toyota were hot favourites to prevail in a race that was first run in 1923, 14 years before the first Toyota saw the light of day.
The introduction of Balance of Performance ballast rules was designed to reduce their power advantage over the independent Rebellions, competing in their last Le Mans.
In the other categories, the Oreca of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Philip Hanson won LMP2 for the team belonging to American Zak Brown, the McLaren F1 team's owner.
Aston Martin won both the LM GTE professional and amateur races.
Le Mans organisers ACO are introducing changes to attract more interest in the elite division with the introduction of the new hypercar from 2022.