Toyota‘s plans for a true hybrid sports car are edging closer to reality with the debut of the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II. Over a year ago Toyota first revealed the MR2-based hybrid sports car and this updated version of the car proves the automaker’s commitment to the project
In a press release Toyota points to its hybrid expertise, beginning with the launch of the Prius in 1997 and continuing applications and development of hybrid technology. Toyota, “has long conducted active research on applying hybrid technologies to racing and sports cars,” reads the release. “The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is the next step in the evolution of these efforts.”
Powered by a gasoline-electric drivetrain with a “sports-hybrid AWD system” the gasoline engine powers the rear wheels and is mid-mounted, with an electric motor powers the front wheels.
Toyota is displaying the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II for the first time this weekend at the 30th running of the Nurburgring 24 Hour race and will also showcase the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.