2013 Frankfurt: Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is a small rocket [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 10, 2013

The complete set of details about Toyota’s Yaris Hybrid-R Concept set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show has been released. The Hybrid-R concept is based on the three-door Yaris and features a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 300 bhp (224 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) from its front wheels.

Driving each rear wheel is a 60 bhp (45 kW) electric motor. When combined, the two electric motors have a maximum output of 120 bhp (89 Nm) available for up to five seconds when Track mode is turned on. The concept has a maximum output of 420 bhp (313 kW) during this five-second gap. In addition, there’s a third 60 bhp electric motor positioned between the conventional power unit and the six-speed sequential gearbox.

During deceleration, it works by feeding the super capacitor. It also works during acceleration to power the two rear electric motors, but only when the power and torque of the engine surpass the grip potential of the front wheels. This means that the generator functions as a traction control system redirecting torque as electric energy to the rear axle.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R rides on a set of 18-inch TRD alloys covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires that measure 225/40 R18 with stopping power stemming from grooved and perforated discs that feature six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers for the rear.

The cabin is installed with GT 86-sourced sport pedals, dual-tone Recaro bucket seats with black leather side bolsters and blue Alcantara. The shift lever is placed near the driver's right hand, while the sport steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara.

The driver can choose either the Track mode or the Road mode, which can be selected by pressing a button installed on the steering wheel to reduce the output of the gasoline engine and handle the quantity of energy distributed as a way to minimize fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R has a more forceful and expressive interpretation of the design idiom that epitomises recent Toyota models. The design motifs of Keen Look and Under Priority is reconfirmed by the implementation of newly conceived headlights, a broader front grille, and details in black and blue that juxtapose with the white body.

The precise bumper engineering integrates two large intakes and blue LED daytime running lights. The intakes significantly assist in cooling the front brakes, while the form of the lower lip is intended to channel underbody air flow centrally.

Flaring fenders house customised 18-inch TRD wheels outfitted with 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres that have an asymmetrical tread design to match the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R sportiness philosophy. Ideally suitable for mixed use on road and on track, this selection of high-performing tyres is symbolic of the prolific collaboration between Michelin and the racing team participating in the World Endurance Championship series.

Furrowed and perforated brake discs are clenched by six-piston callipers in the front and four-piston ones in the back. Placed on the rear pillar, a quick-opening fuel cap allows for easier and quick refuelling in the pit.

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