Yaris Hybrid-R is gloriously green
By Jesse Adams
After a few scant details and some teaser drawings of the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept we showed you a couple of weeks ago, the super hot hatch is for the first time shown in all its “green” glory.
While the actual version on stage in Frankfurt remains remarkably similar in the metal to previously released sketches, we must remember that this is still in concept trim and further developments might be quite different.
The good news, however, is that Toyota has bettered initial reports suggesting a total output near 300kW, with a confirmed 313kW and 420Nm from the Concept’s super-tuned 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine (driving the front wheels) coupled to no less than three electric motors.
Each rear wheel is powered by its own electric motor and can be controlled individually to help handling in corners. A third motor is positioned between the petrol engine and six-speed sequential gearbox to work as a generator for direct rear-wheel power instead of heavy batteries that would store the current.
When in “Track” mode, a combined maximum peak of 90kW can drive the rear axle for up to five seconds at a time, and in “Road” mode, activated via a steering wheel selector, the Hybrid-R can also run on batteries alone for short spells such as for parking or when in traffic.
BLACK AND BLUE THEME
The front bumper, styled with two snarling nostrils on either side of a gaping centre grill, has blue LED running lights, and the black and blue two-tone theme is carried through in the interior on two Recaro bucket seats. Flared wheel arches are home to special 18” TRD alloys which, in turn, house slotted brake discs gripped by six-piston callipers in front and four-piston callipers at the rear.
Our educated guess is it’s unlikely the Hybrid-R (in this guise) will be released as a road car, but, judging by the information provided, fingers definitely point towards World Rally or even World Touring Car Championship entries. - Star Motoring
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