Toyota Motor Corporation will show the GRMN 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 the MR2-based petrol-electric sports concept that was unveiled at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon and shown at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The new concept 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 – click here for our picture gallery.
To discover more about the development of the original concept, click on the video below.
Updated 3pm, 22 June 2011: Breaking news – it has just been confirmed that the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II will be making its UK debut on display at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed!