At last, Toyota released today the first photos with its all-new Yaris Hybrid-R Concept that will be unveiled next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). For those who don’t know, the new Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine developing 300 hp and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.
The power of the petrol engine is delivered to the front wheels. Each rear wheel is powered by an electric motor and deliver 120 hp. There is also a third electric motor located between the conventional power unit and the six-speed sequential gearbox. The two electric motors work as electric generators during the braking phase, and supplement the petrol engine during the accelerating phases.
Just like in the TS030 Hybrid, the energy recovered during the braking phase is stored in a super capacitor. In the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R it is located under the rear seat, where the Yaris Hybrid battery is usually positioned.
Regarding the exterior design, we admit that it looks real good and it is successfully completed by the 18-inch TRD alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Inside, the racing theme is continued and the Yaris Hybrid-R comes with dual-tone Recaro sports bucket seats and a sports steering wheel.
All-new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R promotes a more audacious and spirited rendition of the design language that typifies recent Toyota models. The Keen Look and Under Priority design ideology is fortified by the enactment of recently designed headlights, a broader front grille and black and blue details that differ with the white body color.
The particular bumper design integrates two huge air intakes and blue LED daytime running lights. The intakes significantly add to the front brake cooling, while the form of the lower lip is intended to centrally channel underbody air flow.
The flared fenders contain customized 18-inch TRD wheels fitted with 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, highlighting a picture-perfect tread design to match the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R energetic philosophy. Preferred for a combined use on the road and on the track, this selection of high-performance tire is a representation of the rewarding partnership between Michelin and our racing team included in the World Endurance Championship series.
Grooved and punctured brake discs are clenched by six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Situated on the rear pillar, a fast opening fuel cap generates a flawless and brisk refuel in the pits.
At the rear, Yaris Hybrid specific LED lights keep up the connection with the production vehicle. A unique spoiler is mounted on the roof and the renovated bumper integrates a huge diffuser, with an exhaust pipe mounted by two air extractors.