Toyota will unveil an open-top sportscar concept inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance racing and its legendary Supra and Toyota Sports 800 models. The world premiere of the aggressive matte-black GR HV Sports Concept will be a highlight of the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
‘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.
The GR HV Sports Concept is designed to promote the fun of driving by combining the thrill of a 2-seater sportscar, a wind-in-the-hair ‘targa top’ opening and Toyota’s latest motorsport-developed hybrid technologies.
The swoopy design and racing-inspired hybrid powertrain are reminiscent of the Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid that competes in the World Endurance Championship. The LED headlights, 5-bolt wheels and rear diffuser evoke the components used on the hybrid-powered WEC racer.
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. Embodying the functionality of a genuine sportscar, the concept features a push-button ignition on the centrally located automatic gearlever. 6-speed manual operation is available at the press of a button, using a compact H-pattern gearshift.
Toyota has previously revealed a motorsport-inspired hybrid sports-car concept, the FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sports) that was a star of the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show. It also envisaged a front-engine, rear-drive set-up with revolutionary hybrid acceleration and optimal performance with a projected 0-100 km/h dash in the 4-second range.
GR HV SPORTS CONCEPT DIMENSIONS
Length: 4395 mm | Width: 1805 mm| Height: 1280 mm
Also grabbing attention at the Toyota stand will be the Tj CRUISER (above), named and designed for lifestyles where both ‘work’ and ‘play’ are enjoyed. The ‘T’ stands for ‘Toolbox’ while the ‘j’ refers to the joy of visiting various places accessible with its part-time all-wheel-drive system.
Its bold front, square-shaped cabin, sturdy suspension and 20-inch wheels complement a next-generation Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform powered by ‘2-litre class’ petrol (suggesting small turbocharged units) and hybrid powertrains.
The Tj CRUISER, which is slightly longer than a Sienta, is all about utility. On the inside, it is able to store surfboards and other items up to 3 metres long due to its fold-flat front and rear passenger seats. The backs of the seats and deck boards include numerous lashing points to enable easy anchoring of items from small parcels to longer objects. The wide-opening back door makes for easy loading and unloading of large items such as bikes.
The seat cushion on the passenger seat directly behind the driver can be flipped up towards the front to create a unique space for storing shopping bags. The large openings of the sliding doors enable loading and unloading of large items from the sides and easy entry and exit for occupants.
The Tj CRUISER’s bonnet, roof and fenders use ‘care-free’ materials with a special coating that resists scratches and dirt.
DIMENSIONS OF THE Tj CRUISER
Length: 4300 mm | Width: 1775 mm | Height: 2750 mm