Toy­ota to un­veil rac­ing-in­spired GR HV Sports Con­cept in Tokyo

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TOY­OTA is set to un­veil a dra­matic open-top sports-car con­cept in­spired by the com­pany’s in­volve­ment in en­durance rac­ing and its le­gendary Supra and Toy­ota Sports 800.

The world pre­miere of the ag­gres­sive matte-black GR HV Sports Con­cept will be at the 2017 Tokyo Mo­tor Show later this month.

It will share the Tokyo stage with the Tj Cruiser that show­cases a new ve­hi­cle genre by com­bin­ing the flex­i­bil­ity of an SUV with the stor­age ca­pac­ity of a van.

The GR HV Sports Con­cept is de­signed to pro­mote the fun of driv­ing by com­bin­ing the thrill of a sports car, a wind-in-the-hair “targa to” open­ing and Toy­ota’s lat­est mo­tor­sport-de­vel­oped hy­brid tech­nolo­gies.

The GR HV Sports Con­cept mea­sures 4,3 m long, 1,8 m wide and 1,2 m tall.

It could be the per­fect Toy­ota sports car with its front-en­gined, rear-wheel-drive con­fig­u­ra­tion. GR are the ini­tials of Toy­ota’s mo­tor­sport arm GAZOO Rac­ing while HV stands for hy­brid ve­hi­cle, with the con­cept us­ing a rac­ing ver­sion of hy­brid tech­nol­ogy re­fined by the TS050.

Its swoop­ing de­sign and rac­ing-in­spired hy­brid pow­er­train are rem­i­nis­cent of the Toy­ota GAZOO Rac­ing TS050 Hy­brid that com­petes in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (WEC). The LED head­lights, five-bolt wheels and rear dif­fuser evoke the com­po­nents used on the hy­brid-pow­ered WEC racer.

Em­body­ing the func­tion­al­ity of a gen­uine sports car, the con­cept fea­tures a push-but­ton ig­ni­tion on the cen­trally lo­cated au­to­matic gear lever. Six-speed man­ual op­er­a­tion is avail­able at the press of a but­ton, us­ing a com­pact H-pat­tern gearshift.

To en­hance dy­namic per­for­mance, the con­cept has a front-en­gine, rear-drive lay­out with the hy­brid bat­tery placed cen­trally for op­ti­mal front-rear bal­ance and a low cen­tre of grav­ity.

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The Toy­ota GR HV Sports Con­cept will be at the 2017 Tokyo Mo­tor Show later this month.

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