Nobody says that Toyota is not good for surprises. As part of a large presentation today, the Japanese not only showed their European innovations such as the GR 86 or the Corolla Crossbut also one GR Yaris with hydrogen alias GR Yaris H2. Wait a minute, that poison dwarf with 261 hp that we all love so much?
Exactly. But not with the fuel cell of the Mirai. Similar to the many years ago Mazda RX-8 the GR Yaris H2 burns the special fuel directly. The hydrogen fuel, fuel tanks and refueling process of the test vehicle are the same as in the Mirai.
While hydrogen combustion engine technology is still in the early stages of conceptual development and testing, which began in 2017, and is not yet ready for commercialization, Toyota’s experimental hydrogen-powered Corolla Sport is already delivering high performance near zero at motorsport events in Japan Tailpipe emissions.
The hydrogen-powered experimental GR Yaris and Corolla Sport are both equipped with the same 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder G16E-GTS turbo engine found in the GR Yaris, but with a modified fuel supply and injection system for the use of hydrogen as a fuel.
The experimental hydrogen-powered Corolla Sport has been taking part in the Super Taikyu racing series in Japan since May of this year under the ROOKIE Racing arm of Toyota GAZOO Racing, where the team has accepted the challenge of testing the experimental hydrogen combustion engine under the harsh conditions of motorsport.
“We took the first step to compete with our hydrogen-powered engine and develop it with the mindset to take on the challenge. I imagine things will be a little different in 10 years and I hope they will People will look back and see how we accepted the challenge with positivity and enjoyed every moment. ” – Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Hydrogen burns faster than gasoline, which leads to a good response behavior and at the same time has an excellent environmental balance. The combustion of hydrogen is not only extremely clean, but also has the potential to convey driving pleasure with the acoustic and sensory impressions that are typical of internal combustion engines.
Toyota has stepped up its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, for example by promoting the use of hydrogen through the proliferation of FCEVs and numerous other fuel cell powered products. By further refining its hydrogen engine technologies through motorsport, Toyota aims to create an even better hydrogen-based society.