Japanese car giant Toyota has been working on a hydrogen car since modern times. When the words Toyota and Hydrogen are in the same sentence, the hydrogen is powered by the Toyota Mirai. And yet the Mirai is a hydrogen-electric car or FCEV (electric vehicle with fuel cells). It uses hydrogen fuel to convert electricity and power a built-in electric motor. This time Toyota came up with something different.
At the end of last year, we created a prototype that provided this “car feel” that car lovers love, for example through sound and vibration, even though we were dealing with environmental technologies, said Koji Sato, CEO and Gazoo President of the race. company. “I only recently realized, because one thing led to another, that we could use the available technology.”
The car in the video is a Corolla Hatchback equipped with an internal combustion engine that absorbs hydrogen. It also has an all-wheel drive system from the mythical Toyota GR Yaris hatchback. Based on the exciting sound of the exhaust gases, you wouldn’t think that hydrogen plays a role here, but it does. Not only does it sound fantastic, but the used bark is no different from a tuned petrol car.
Toyota claims that the fuel is 100% hydrogen with zero gasoline content. Without burning fossil fuels, Toyota’s innovative hydrogen engine emits almost no CO2. However, the car produces a certain amount of harmful gases as the engine burns hydrogen and oxygen from the air. This is not a zero-emission vehicle such as an all-electric vehicle (EV) or FCEV, but it emits significantly less toxic substances than a purely petrol car.
“Toyota has environmentally friendly hydrogen technology cultivated by Mirai. In addition, there is safety technology developed through the Yaris WRC, ”said Akio Toyoda, CEO and President of Toyota Motor Corporation. “Thinking, as a member of the automotive industry, that it is important for motorsports to create a place where everyone can enjoy even in a carbon-neutral era, I decided we should go with a hydrogen engine.”
You read it correctly. Toyota launches its Toyota Corolla Hatchback for hydrogen farming in the 2421-hour Super Taikyu endurance series from May 21 to 23, 2021. And because Toyota’s racing car is the only entrance with a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine , the team led by the race driver Hiroaki Ishiura got some time to track the car.
Win or lose; we are rooting Toyota for this one. It is high time for a gas engine with a cleaner combustion to enter the battle and you get all the sound and vibration of a conventional vehicle without burning a drop of fossil fuel. Come on, Toyota!