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Toyota to unveil new GRMN Hybrid Concept at Nürburgring

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 7:26 AM

Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II

NÜRBURGRING : June 22, 2011 - 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.

























































Engine

Type

Petrol V6

Displacement (cc)

3,456

Maximum output (bhp)

245

System

Maximum output (bhp)

295

Body

Length (mm)

4,350

Width (mm)

1,890

Height (mm)

1,200

Wheelbase (mm)

2,575

Weight (kg)

1,500 or less

Vehicle layout

Mid-engined with front electric motor

Tyres

Front

225/40R19

Rear

255/35R19


24 Hours Nürburgring Race Outline

















Name

39th ADAC Zurich 24h-Race 2011

Dates

June 23-26, 2011 (main competition runs from June 25 and 26)

Venue

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.


[Source : TOYOTA]
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