Teaser: 400hp Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R

Toyota has just revealed the latest teaser image of its upcoming Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept with this image finally revealing the car in all its glory. As expected, it features updated and much more aggressive styling compared to the regular Toyota Yaris but the real action takes place under the hood.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept features a tiny 1.6-liter petrol engine. In times gone by, that wouldn’t have meant more than 100-150hp for a road-car of this sort, but thanks to the increasing popularity of electric motors, of which the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept has two, it delivers more than 400hp!

Much of that extra power has been achieved thanks to extensive technologies first utilised by Toyota in the Toyota TS030 Hybrid Le Mans racing car. As a result, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept features a kinetic energy recovery system which recovers the energy produced under braking. That power is then stored in a supercar-capacitor and fed into the engine to propel the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept down the road just like a forced induction sports car.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is currently pinned for a worldwide debut at the upcoming IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2013 late next month. It’s currently unclear if Toyota has any plans to put this potent hot hatch into production.

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