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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Toyota to Show New GRMN Hybrid Concept at Nurburgring

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show the "GRMN (GAZOO Racing1 tuned by MN2) SPORTS HYBRID Concept II", a convertible mid-ship gasoline-electric hybrid concept, at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race to be held near Nürburg, Germany, from June 23 through 26.

The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is an updated version of a gasoline-electric sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 and has been developed to embody the enjoyment of automobiles. The vehicle features advanced styling and an improved sports-hybrid AWD system with the main power unit (gasoline engine, rear-wheel drive motors and transmission) located in the middle of the body and a front-wheel drive motor in front—all positioned to improve maneuverability, enhance driving enjoyment and provide enhanced stability. Meanwhile, top-down driving in electric-vehicle mode gives a fresh and exhilarating driving experience.

TMC launched the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric vehicle in 1997, and has long conducted active research on applying hybrid technologies to racing and sports cars. The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is positioned as the next step in the evolution of these efforts.

Displacement3,456 cc
Maximum output183 kW (249 PS)
SystemMaximum output220 kW (299 PS)
BodyLength4,350 mm
Width1,890 mm
Height1,200 mm
Wheelbase2,575 mm
Weight1,500 kg or less
Vehicle layoutMid-ship with front electric motor

24 Hours Nürburgring Race Outline
Name39th ADAC Zurich24h-Race 2011
DatesJune 23 through 26, 2011 (main competition runs from June 25 through 26)
VenueNürburgring (Nürburg, Ahrweiler, State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)

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