First images of Toyota’s wild eco warrior, the Yaris Hybrid-R, emerge
A few days ago, Toyota tickled our performance palettes with a few teaser shots of the forthcoming Yaris Hybrid-R Concept, which will make its world premiere at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, for the first time this super-hot hatch is shown in all its ‘green’ glory.
Just to recap, here are some of the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept’s more salient performance features (please note Toyota has adjusted some of the output figures from the earlier release):
A resolutely sporty design
To say that the Yaris Hybrid-R looks different from its bread-and-butter siblings is an understatement. This radical concept adopts newly designed headlights, a wider front grille and black and blue details that contrast with the white body colour.
The front bumper incorporates two large air intakes and blue LED daytime running lights. The intakes greatly contribute to the front brake cooling, while the shape of the lower lip is designed to centrally channel underbody airflow.
The flared fenders house bespoke 18-inch TRD wheels fitted with 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres featuring an asymmetrical tread design that is ideally suited for a mixed use on the road and on the track.
Grooved and perforated brake discs are gripped by six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Located on the rear pillar, a quick-opening fuel cap allows for quick refueling in the pits.
At the rear, a spoiler is mounted on the roof and the bumper incorporates a large diffuser with an exhaust pipe framed by two air extractors.
Matching the colours outside, the dual-tone Recaro bucket seats feature black leather side bolsters and blue Alcantara®.
Ideally located high and close to the driver's right hand, the shift lever of the sequential gearbox is set up to quickly change down gears by pushing the lever forwards, and to change up by pulling it back.The driving position is completed by a set of sport pedals from the 86 sports coupe.
Connecting the real and virtual worlds
The Yaris Hybrid-R concept utilizes the same CAN-Gateway ECU system developed for the 86 coupe for the sixth version of the GranTurismo game, due to be launched before the end of the year.
The system allows drivers of the 86 to record - on a USB or smartphone - the racing data collected while driving on the track. GPS data, longitudinal accelerations, steering angles, gear changes, engine speed, vehicle speed and even water temperature is used to reproduce a real lap of the track on the video game console and compare it to virtual laps done with the game.
The Yaris Hybrid-R Concept takes this technology one-step further, by utilizing the same principle but in a reverse way. We could imagine that the data of the laps recorded through the video game could be sent to the vehicle ECU. The electronic management of the car could potentially anticipate the driving conditions of each track, to optimize the phases of energy recovery; the operation of the traction control, the amount of energy used at each step and optimize the handling through the rear electric motors.
Key TMG Global Race Engine Specifications
Fuel system: direct injection (up to 200 bar)
Air system: turbo garrett GTR2560R (max boost pressure: 2.5 bar)
Air restrictor: 33mm
Max power: more than 224kW (300hp) at 6000rpm
Max torque: 420Nm
Max RPM: 7500rpm