There’s Hope for Internal Combustion - Toyota to Race with Alternative Fuels at Thailand 25H Endurance Race
Toyota may have succumbed to the BEV craze with the introduction of their bZ line-up of cars, but that doesn’t mean they are abandoning their pursuit of seeking alternative fuels.
The Japanese automaker still believes that there is still a future for internal combustion engines, choosing to spend valuable resources in the further development of engines altered to run hydrogen and carbon-neutral fuels. And what better way to prove the dependability of your technology than to subject it to a gruelling 25 hour endurance race?
In collaboration with ROOKIE Racing, Toyota will field two sustainable-fuelled vehicles in a race outside of Japan for the very first time. It is hoped that this participation will signal the start of a rapid progression in the field of carbon-neutral fuel.These race entries - the hydrogen-powered ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 Concept and the sustainable-fuelled ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF Concept, first made an appearance in the Super Taikyu series in Japan earlier this year. The former also took part in the second half of the 2021 campaign.
As a further proof of concept, Toyota also ran a demonstration of the GR Yaris H2 during the ninth round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) in Ypres in August, and the 13th round of the WRC in Japan in November. This was aimed at demonstrating the potential of hydrogen as a viable option for achieving carbon neutrality under gruelling rally conditions.These efforts are in conjunction with their decision to develop their own line-up of fully-electric vehicles, on top of their existing hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. This strategy caters for the diverse economic realities of customers, the available energy sources, charging infrastructure readiness, industrial policies and varied customer mobility needs in each country, allowing more drivers to have access to eco-friendly means of transportation more rapidly.
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