As you may know already, Toyota will bring the Hybrid-R Concept in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). What we didn’t know is that the new concept is actually based on a current Toyota production model that uses a powertrain with similar technology to that used by Toyota Racing’s TS030 Hybrid race car in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
According to the official press release, the Hybrid-R Concept combines a high-power internal combustion engine with electric motors. As a result, it develops a maximum power output of more than 400bhp (298kW).
Due to the fact that it is using the technology from a race car, the Hybrid-R Concept has a dual mode control that allows it to be used on the road or on the racetrack. Unfortunately, these are the only details available but stay tuned as Toyota might release new details ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The styling of the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R is essentially a re-interpretation – done in a more aggressive and more emotional manner – of the design language currently found in Toyota’s recent models. Still adhering to Toyota’s Keen Look and Under Priority design philosophy, the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R comes with a wider front grille flanked by newly designed headlights as well as white exterior accentuated by black and blue details.
Two large air intakes and blue LED daytime running lights are now integrated into the front bumper of the new Yaris Hybrid-R, with the apertures helping cool the front brakes. Meanwhile, the lower front lip has been shaped to centrally channel underbody air flow. The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R rides on bespoke 18-inch TRD wheels wrapped with 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
These high-performance tires come with an asymmetrical tread design and are suitable for use both on the road and on the track. These tires are the result of a cooperation between Michelin and Toyota’s racing team involved in the World Endurance Championship series.
Meanwhile, the braking system for the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R includes perforated brake discs, six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear. Interestingly, it is pretty easy and quick to refuel the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R on the pits, thanks to a quick opening fuel cap located on the rear pillar.