Toyota dropped covers from the hydrogen engine vehicle prototype 'GR H2 Racing Concept' at a press conference of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) at Circuit de la Sarthe in Western France. The debut of the prototype was motivated by the recent announcement of allowing hydrogen-powered cars in 2026 by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), an organization, which oversees the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This hydrogen race car, which is now known as the Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept, according to Toyota, will be different from the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles used on the road. It will use a combustion engine to burn liquid hydrogen rather than an electric motor that receives power from a hydrogen fuel cell. Similar technology is employed in the Toyota GR Corolla with a hydrogen engine, which competed in the Super Taikyu Series in 2021. Let's look at the details of this new concept, which according to the firm, will aid in attaining carbon neutrality in motorsports, without compromising performance.
Toyota GR H2 Racing Concept: Key Highlights
Toyota's Chairman Akio Toyoda announced the company's intention to achieve carbon neutrality in motorsports without compromising performance and congratulated ACO on the 100th anniversary of Le Mans. He went on to say that the new prototype was developed with upcoming competition in mind and that, in light of the upcoming Le Mans H2 class, he is eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the new GR H2 race car. He hinted that the car will not make any compromises in terms of sound, torque, or dynamics. According to the chairman, the new car will deliver in terms of performance but will have no emissions.
Toyota has not revealed any information about the power, efficiency, weight, or any other detail of the new race car. However, it did share that its H2 racer will be 5,100mm long and 2,050mm wide. It will be a hydrogen hybrid and, therefore, will feature a combustion engine powered by liquid hydrogen and hybrid assistance.
How Toyota's GR H2 Racing Concept Will Benefit Road Car Projects?
Toyota has long been one of the foremost proponents of using hydrogen fuel. The Mirai and several prototype vehicles, including the Corolla with a hydrogen engine, are already part of its portfolio of hydrogen-powered vehicles. By bringing its GR H2 Racing Concept to motorsports and using its data as the basis for its hydrogen-powered road cars, Toyota hopes to improve its line-up of hydrogen-powered cars.