Toyota unveils 400bhp Yaris hybrid

Yaris-Hybrid-RToyota will use next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show to display its latest concept illustrating its plans for future hybrid developments.

The new Hybrid-R, based on a three-door Yaris, has been fitted with a 1.6-litre GRE (Global Race Engine) developed by Toyota Motorsport. The traditional combustion engine has been combined with two electric motors taking power output to 400bhp, and giving the car intelligent all-wheel drive capability.

Using technology similar to that featured in Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid race car, energy recovered under braking is stored in a super capacitor.

Toyota will also show its most recent Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) technology, ahead of the market launch of a production car by 2015.

The Japanese manufacturer continues to believe the energy and emissions benefits from fuel cells make this the best technology to deliver the ultimate zero-emission car, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean energy source.

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Jim McGill is an award-winning motoring and motorsport journalist with more than 25 years' industry experience. He contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and AA Magazine.

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