Toyota: Still Pursuing Alternatives
Toyota has certainly not shied away from propelling hydrogen-powered vehicles amongst the car industry’s powerful turn to electric. In order to prove to the global audience the might of hydrogen, the Japanese auto company welcomed Rowan Atkinson to maneuver the Toyota GR Yaris H2 Model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Toyota GR Yaris H2 Concept raced around the 1.16-mile stretch in West Sussex and featured the same 1.6-liter G16E-GTS three-cylinder turbo engine as its more sedate sibling. Moreover, there have been adjustments to both the fuel provision and injection specifications to accommodate the performance needs of hydrogen power. With this venture, Toyota is aiming to bring a new challenge for not merely their offerings, yet also motorsports events.
Toyota’s GR Corolla, equipped with a hydrogen combustion engine, is already in the works. Following a successful second season in the Super Taikyu Series (S-Tai), which focuses on providing carbon emission-free racing, the concept has been realized.
The Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 accompanied the GR Yaris H2 Concept at the esteemed Goodwood Festival of Speed. Partaking in the prestigious World Rally Championship, this gasoline-hybrid hatchback was triumphant during its maiden season with FInnish rally driver Kalle Rovanpera piloting it.
Rowan Atkinson may be iconic for his portrayal of Mr Bean, but he’s concurrently renowned as a passionate car enthusiast. At 68 years old, the British actor has owned an acclaimed McLaren F1 worth an incredible 8 million pounds, which he unfortunately had to part with.
He also possesses a GR Yaris, which should have rendered his sprint up the Goodwood hill run as familiar.
“I have a GR Yaris,” said Atkinson, “and I truly believe it’s an exceptional little pocket rocket. It really is a joy to drive.”
By 2026, Toyota intends to launch its upcoming fuel cell technology. It vows to provide a decrease of 50 percent in fuel cell stack costs, 20 percent greater range, and comparatively less maintenance than diesel engines. The equivalent year will also witness the advent of the company’s next-gen batteries that promise 621 miles of range.