Toyota has announced some details on an upcoming model that could challenge some of the Big 3’s sports cars and in surprisingly form – this 414 horsepower concept is a Yaris Hybrid. The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R will make its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show with some drivetrain components borrowed from the incredible Toyota TS030 Hybrid LeMans race car.
The drivetrain of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept begins with a race designed 1.6L turbocharged four cylinder engine that send power to the front wheels with the help of a super capacitor taken from the TS030 race car and a 60 horsepower electric motor that is mounted between the powerful gasoline engine and the six speed transmission. Another two 60 horsepower electric motors are mounted in the rear of the car to power the rear wheels to improve traction and tack on an additional 120 horsepower to the total output. Toyota hasn’t announced the specs on the 1.6L turbo engine but with three 60 horsepower electric motors and an estimated total output of 414 horsepower – this tiny engine has to produce somewhere in the area of 234 horsepower.
While the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept isn’t likely to arrive in American dealerships any time soon, this new high performance hybrid shows that Toyota is capable of production a high powered hybrid that could potentially pack similar power to the likes of the Ford Mustang GT and the Chevrolet Camaro SS. In concept form, the Yaris Hybrid-R packs some serious power and will likely still yield great fuel economy figures when not being driven hard but this setup would likely be far too expensive to see production in the near future.
Even with that in mind, Toyota points out that the Yaris Hybrid-R could “potentially be used in a number of different racing categories”…meaning that if they built it – it could race in a variety of different forms of stock racing. Even with that comment in mind, it is hard to imagine that this technology could be had for a reasonable price and although it could serve as a great factor race car, there isnt a huge group of hopeful hybrid owners who want to pay $50k plus for a Toyota Yaris with 414 horsepower. However, the Big 3 would be wise to take notice of the fact that Toyota (and other automakers) are working to produce high performance hybrid drivetrains that would offer a combination of exhilarating driving and great fuel economy. Ford, GM and Chrysler all sell vehicles right now that offer exhilarating driving OR great fuel economy but with pressure from vehicles like the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R – the Detroit automakers could soon display high performance versions of their current super efficient models to counter the Japanese competition.