Toyota announced that at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show it will bring the Hybrid-R Concept, a new vehicle that carries company’s race car hybrid technology. Although the Japanese manufacturer didn’t reveal any details, it appears that the new concept is actually the first road car from Toyota that features Le Mans-developed hybrid technology, same found in the race car that got the second place at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
Although there is nothing official yet, we believe that this new concept has something to do with the Toyota Supra successor, a sports car that is being jointly developed with Bmw. Unfortunately, Toyota showed only the logo of the new car, featuring a modified version of its blue and silver Hybrid Synergy Drive Logo.
As styled, the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R features a more aggressive interpretation of the Keen Look and Under Priority design philosophy that already influenced the looks of recent Toyota models. This design language was reinterpreted in the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R through its wider front grille, newly designed headlights as well as a white body finish contrasted by black-and-blue details.
The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R features a bumper design with integrated two large air intakes and blue LED daytime running lights. These intakes help cool the front brake while the lower lip has been shaped to guide underbody air flow. The flanks of the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R are marked by flared fenders, bespoke 18-inch TRD wheels as well as 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires with an asymmetrical tread design.
These high-performance tires -- designed to be of great use both on the road and on the track – was a result of a cooperation between Michelin and Toyota’s racing team involved in the World Endurance Championship series.
Yaris Hybrid-R comes with grooved and perforated brake discs, as well as six-piston callipers on the front and four-piston callipers on the rear. The new Yaris Hybrid-R features a quick opening fuel cap located on the rear pillar.