As a major motorshow approaches and carmakers try to build up interest in their displays, prepared at enormous cost for the event, teasers are released progressively to get as much exposure as possible. At the Frankfurt Motorshow in September, Toyota’s ‘star’ will be a high-performance hybrid model and the first teaser was of its badge. Then came an image of a small part of the car.
This evening, the company has released the first sketch of the whole car and it’s a Yaris which will be the basis of the Hybrid-R concept. Developed in collaboration with Toyota Motorsports (TMG) in Germany, the concept car is said to use technology from the TS030 Hybrid that raced at Le Mans.
The 400+ bhp powertrain uses a new 1.6-litre GRE (Global Race Engine) developed by TMG. The petrol engine works with two powerful electric motors that give the car intelligent all-wheel drive capability. Energy recovered under braking is stored in a super capacitor, a unit that’s particularly suitable for use in a sportscar, thanks to its high-power density and quick charge and discharge speeds.