The GR HV Sports concept is designed to integrate the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car.
The design is reminiscent of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s TS050 Hybrid racecar that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The GR HV Sports is equipped with a targa top that was also used for Toyota’s legendary convertible sports cars, the Toyota Sports 800 (also known as Yotahachi) and the Supra.
The GR HV Sport features LED headlights, aluminium wheels, and a rear diffuser similar to the one on the TS050 Hybrid. The design evokes Toyota’s bond with motorsports, while the matte black body colour expresses power and aggressiveness.
The power is provided by THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System-Racing), which is said to have been infused with hybrid technology refined by the TS050 Hybrid. The hybrid battery is mounted near the centre of vehicle. Installing the heavy battery there contributes to improved performance as a sports car.
Inside the two-seat cockpit, a selection switch to choose the automatic gear position is located in the centre cluster to achieve a racing car-like ambience. Switching to manual mode is possible with the single press of a button, and 6-speed manual-style driving with H-pattern shifting can thus be enjoyed. The push-button ignition switch is playfully located on the gearshift knob.
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