Toyota unveiled the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, a convertible, mid-engined petrol-electric hybrid concept, at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race in Germany in 2011.
The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is an updated version of an MR2-based petrol-electric sports concept that was unveiled at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon and shown at that year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The revised concept features advanced styling and an improved sports-hybrid all-wheel-drive 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. This concept was the next step in the evolution of these efforts – click here for our picture gallery.
GRMN stands for ‘Gazoo Racing tuned by MN’. The latter initials stand for ‘Meister of Nürburgring’, referring to Hiromu Naruse (1944-2010), a TMC test driver and chief of the Gazoo Racing team.
|GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II technical specification|
|Maximum engine output||183kW (249ps)|
|Maximum system output||220kW (299ps)|
|Weight||1500kg or less|
|Vehicle layout||Mid-ship with front electric motor|
|Front tyres||225/40 R19|
|Rear tyres||255/35 R19|
To discover more about the development of the concept, click on the video below: