Toyota has chosen an unconventional package to showcase a new generation of hybrid technology designed for performance vehicles, dropping the powertrain into a sub-compact Yaris.
Revealed in a sketch, the Yaris Hybrid-R makes use if a 1.6-liter GRE (Global Race Engine) built by Toyota Motorsports and mated two twin electric motors to deliver plenty of intelligent all-wheel drive thrust.
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Toyota says this technology is similar to what it uses in its TS030 Hybrid race car that competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship, using a super capacitor to quickly store up energy generated under braking and make use of it for acceleration in just as speedy a manner. In a release the company says that, “the result is a highly focused machine, designed to deliver the maximum driving pleasure, both on road and track.”
Set to officially debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Toyota will dedicate its entire booth to hybrid technology, promising an update on its upcoming Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) as it prepares to launch the car in 2015.
For 16 years Toyota has been the leader in hybrid technology, launching the original Prius in 1997. Since then the automaker has sold 5.5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide, saving approximately 12 billion liters of fuel.
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