Toyota is set to unveil a new convertible sports hybrid concept at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race taking place this weekend. The GRMN Hybrid Concept II was co-developed with Gazoo Racing and is an updated version of the sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon in 2010.
The convertible concept features a mid-engined petrol-electric hybrid system mated to all-wheel-drive. The powertrain consists of a 245-hp 3.5L V6 gas engine and transmission that are mounted mid-ship and drive the rear wheels. A 50-hp electric motor sits up front and sends its power to the front wheels.
Don’t count on seeing this in showrooms anytime soon.
TOYOTA TO UNVEIL NEW GRMN HYBRID CONCEPT AT NÜRBURGRING
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show the “GRMN (GAZOO Racing1 tuned by MN2) SPORTS HYBRID Concept II”, a convertible mid-engined petrol-electric hybrid concept, at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race taking place this weekend.
The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is an updated version of a petrol-electric sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon in 2010. The vehicle features advanced styling and an improved sports-hybrid AWD system with the main power unit (petrol engine, rear-wheel drive motors and transmission) mid-mounted in conjunction with a front-wheel drive motor. Positioned this way it improves manoeuvrability, increases driving enjoyment and provides enhanced stability.
Toyota launched the world’s first mass-produced petrol-electric vehicle, the Prius, in 1997, and has long conducted active research on applying hybrid technologies to racing and sports cars. The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is the next step in the evolution of these efforts.
GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II
Maximum output (bhp)
System Maximum output (bhp)
Body Length (mm)
1,500 or less
Mid-engined with front electric motor
24 Hours Nürburgring Race Outline
39th ADAC Zurich 24h-Race 2011
June 23-26, 2011 (main competition runs from June 25 and 26)
Nürburgring (Nürburg, Ahrweiler, State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
1 A vehicle-development and motor-sports support program created by GAZOO, which also operates the GAZOO.com customer-participation portal site launched in 1998, “GAZOO mura” driving events and the “Drive Kingdom” large-scale test-drive events for the general public.
2 Stands for “Meister of Nürburgring”, referring to Hiromu Naruse (1944-2010), a TMC test driver and chief of the GAZOO Racing team.