Toyota to unveil MR2-based GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II at Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race

GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

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.

GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

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!

Comments (4)

  1. What the hell, who designed this thing?

    I loved my sw20 mr2 GT to pieces and was hanging for a new model to come out and we got lumped with the spyder. A decade later and now this thing?

    Is it too much to ask for a lightweight, mid engine, turbo, targa top sports car that doesn’t look like a child designed it?

    Make me one and I will buy it

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