Toyota teased its Hybrid-R Concept ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) and everyone believed that the car is actually a preview of the Supra successor jointly developed with Bmw. It appears that Toyota will bring high-performance version of the Yaris, dubbed Yaris Hybrid-R Concept.
Based on the three-door Yaris, the Hybrid-R Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter GRE (Global Race Engine) developed by Toyota Motorsport, combined with two powerful electric motors that give the car intelligent all-wheel drive capability.
The technology used by Toyota in the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is like that featured in the TS030 Hybrid race car, where energy recovered under braking is stored in a super capacitor.
The super capacitor is used in a sports car thanks to its high power density and quick charge and discharge speeds. The Yaris Hybrid-R Concept develops a maximum power output of more than 400bhp (298kW). Moreover, it features a dual mode control that allows it to be used on the road or on the racetrack.
With the 1st generation Toyota Prius making its appearance 16 years ago, in 1997, we can say that hybrid technology is still relatively young. As such, its future still lies ahead and there is still a great deal of potential for it to evolve in various directions.
It was only recently that hybrid technology started to make its way into racing programs. Also, it is not yet entirely established in the minds of people as a performance-oriented solution. Now, Toyota’s Yaris Hybrid-R concept car clearly showcases possible ideas for hybrid technology development, geared towards increased driving pleasure and maximum performance.
The Yaris Hybrid R concept car’s hybrid powertrain configuration, based on the Yaris three-door, uses a highly tuned and powerful 1.6-liter petrol engine, along with two electric motors, to deliver an 'intelligent' electric 4WD capability.
Moreover, a 300-hp four-cylinder 1.6L turbo engine plus direct injection supplies power to the hybrid concept car’s front wheels. This turbo engine was specifically developed by TMG or Toyota Motorsport GmbH according to FIA or International Automobile Federation rules, for one Global Race Engine to be used in various motorsport disciplines.
A 60-hp electric motor powers each wheel at the rear. This motor is the same as the one used by the standard Yaris Hybrid. Additionally, the hybrid powertrain system generates a 420-hp total system output.
The car’s two electric motors function as electric generators when on braking phase. They also provide supplemental power to the petrol engine when the car is on accelerating phases.