The world’s first fuel cell rally car is a Toyota

No, your eyes do not deceive you; this really is a Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan decked out in Japanese rallying decals. The fuel cell rally car will be put through its paces in the final round of the 2014 Japanese Rally Championship.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Rally Car Mirai

The Shinshiro Rally takes place on 1/2 November in the Aichi prefecture of Japan. The course is 285km in length.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Rally Car Mirai side

The fuel cell rally car won’t be an official competitor. Instead it will take to the course before the race starts to check the safety of the roads as a ‘zero car’. But don’t think the FCV is just a safety car; the model has been specially tuned and outfitted for rallying and features chunky off-road tyres, mud guards and protective underbody metal plates.

Rally Car Mirai front

In Japan, the Fuel Cell Sedan will be sold at Toyota and Toyopet dealerships, priced at approximately seven million yen (about £40,450). Initially sales will be limited to those parts of the country where a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is under development.

Rally Car Mirai rear

Prices for Europe and the USA have not yet been decided. Detailed information such as specifications and sales expectations will also be announced later. The model is slated to go on sale in the UK in the summer of 2015.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Rally Car Mirai rear 2

Details in this article were correct at the time of publication.

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