The Toyota Prius will hold technology in common with the company’s hybrid race cars.
For decades, automakers have used race cars to research and develop technology that would be used on road production vehicles and Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer is no different. The Japanese automaker currently leads this season’s manufacturers’ championship and is testing technology found in the TS040 to be used in the next Prius. According to the president of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Yoshiaki Kinoshita, the race car already has parts from the next-generation Prius, but they aren’t mechanical parts. Instead, the team is using preproduction prototype microchips and microcontrollers.
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Naturally, the main goal of the technology is to improve fuel efficiency for the race car and the next-gen Prius, with the race car being re-engineered for this year’s race season to cut fuel consumption by 25 percent compared to 2013’s racer. Kinoshita did say that the TS040’s power storage system won’t make its way to the Prius anytime soon and Toyota’s battery technology system is adequate for the Prius.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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