toyota unveils the ‘GR HV’ sports concept car at its worldwide premiere at the 45th tokyo motor show 2017. the ‘GR HV’ sports concept represents a new way to enjoy automobiles by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car.


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the design of the toyota ‘GR HV’ is reminiscent of toyota gazoo racing’s ‘TS050‘ hybrid racing car that competes in the world endurance championship. the form evokes the japanese-automaker’s bond with motor sports, while the matte black body color expresses power and aggressiveness. the concept is powered by a ‘THS-R’ (toyota hybrid system-racing) engine that is infused with hybrid technology refined by the ‘TS050’. it features a targa top that was also used for the toyota’s convertibles, the ‘supra’ and the ‘sports 800’ (a.k.a. yotahachi). while completely embodying functionality as a genuine sports car, the ‘GR HV’ features LED headlights, aluminum wheels, and a rear diffuser also similar to the ‘TS050’.

 

 

the concepts interior achieves a racing car-like ambience with a selection switch to choose the automatic gear position located in the center cluster, while a push button ignition switch is playfully located on the shift knob. switching to ‘manual’ mode is possible with the single press of a button, and six-speed ‘manual-style’ driving with H-pattern automatic gear shifting. drivers can feel the performance of the ‘THS-R’ in a genuine sports car while experiencing a sense of freedom with a targa convertible top. the hybrid battery is mounted near the center of vehicle, optimizing the concepts weight distribution and performance as a sports car.

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