Toyota to highlight Hybrid Tech at Frankfurt Motor Show including rally-ready Yaris Hybrid-R concept

Toyota will highlight their hybrid technology at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) and outline coming advancements. To showcase some of the new tech, Toyota will reveal the Yaris Hybrid-R concept that uses a Toyota Racing 1.6-liter GRE (global race engine) engine mated to Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive to give us a rally car/hot hatch/racer with a reported 400 BHP and modes that better suit the car to the road or the track. The concept will also feature the use of  technology like that featured in Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid race car, where energy recovered under braking is stored in a super capacitor, a unit that’s particularly suitable for use in a sports/rally car thanks to its high power density and quick charge and discharge speeds. In other words, the little sucker will move. Production is doubtful (especially for the US), but the tech could trickle down to more plebeian vehicles. More to come...

Source: Toyota - Brief press releases (3) and pics (5) after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:

  • Toyota devotes its Frankfurt motor show presentation to hybrid technology
  • World premiere of the Yaris Hybrid-R concept
  • Latest development of Toyota hydrogen fuel cell technology
  • 16 years and more than 5.5 million worldwide sales of Toyota hybrids
Toyota will bring together its past achievements and future plans for hybrid power in a Frankfurt motor show presentation devoted entirely to its industry-leading technology. Since it introduced the original Prius saloon in Japan in 1997, Toyota has sold more than 5.5 million hybrid vehicles world wide and continues to extend its portfolio, currently offering 23 models worldwide.

Yaris Hybrid-R concept

Frankfurt will mark the world debut of the new Yaris Hybrid-R concept, created as a showcase for possible future hybrid development ideas that can deliver greater performance and driver rewards.

Based on the three-door Yaris, Hybrid-R features a 1.6-litre GRE (Global Race Engine) developed by Toyota Motorsport, combined with two powerful electric motors that give the car intelligent all-wheel drive capability. Using technology like that featured in Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid race car, energy recovered under braking is stored in a super capacitor, a unit that’s particularly suitable for use in a sports car thanks to its high power density and quick charge and discharge speeds.

The result is a highly focused machine, designed to deliver the maximum driving pleasure, both on road and track.

Fuel cell technology: next steps towards the ultimate zero-emission car

Toyota will show the latest status of its Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) technology at Frankfurt, ahead of the market launch of a production car by 2015. Toyota considers the energy and emissions benefits make this the best technology yet to deliver the ultimate zero-emission car, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean energy source.

16 years of Toyota hybrid technology

Toyota has been researching and developing environmentally efficient transport solutions for more than 40 years, building world leadership in the design and production of full hybrid powertrain technology.

It made the science a marketplace reality in 1997, when the first Prius went on sale in Japan. Since then, Toyota Motor Corporation has amassed sales of more than 5.5 million hybrids and today has a portfolio 23 different models – four times more than any other competitor – available in 80 countries and regions around the world.

Toyota calculates that its global hybrid fleet has already saved 12 billion litres of fuel and 34 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, compared to the same number of equivalent, conventionally powered vehicles.

The story does not end here: by the end of 2015 Toyota will have introduced a further 16 new or revised hybrid models.

Press Release:

In the countdown to the unveiling of its Hybrid-R concept at the Frankfurt motor show, Toyota has released more details about its powerful new vehicle study.

Hybrid-R is based on a current Toyota production model and is equipped with a powertrain that features similar technology to that used by Toyota Racing’s TS030 Hybrid race car in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

It combines a high-power internal combustion engine with electric motors to achieve a maximum power output of more than 400bhp (298kW). A dual mode control allows the car’s performance to be tailored to suit either road or racetrack.

Press Release:

Toyota will showcase an exciting new concept for road and track at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, featuring Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) technology.

THS-R technology has been used in the TS030, Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship car, which achieved second place at this year’s Le Mans 24 hours. More information on the concept will be available in the coming weeks.