Toyota is set to unveil a new open-top sports-car concept inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance racing and its famous Supra and Toyota Sports 800.
The world premiere of the matte-black “GR HV Sports Concept” will take place at the Tokyo Motor Show late this month, where it will be sharing the stage with another new concept called the “Tj CRUISER”, which the designers claim showcases a new vehicle genre by combining the flexibility of an SUV with the storage capacity of a van.
Based on the GT86, the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive GR HV Sports Concept features a swoopy design and racing-inspired hybrid powertrain – both elements reminiscent of the Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). For example, the LED headlights, five-bolt wheels and rear diffuser evoke the components used on the hybrid-powered WEC racer.
GR are the initials of Toyota’s motorsport arm GAZOO Racing while HV stands for hybrid vehicle with the concept using a racing version of hybrid technology utilised by the TS050.
The Tj CRUISER, meanwhile, was named and designed for lifestyles where both “work” and “play” are important, says Toyota. The “T” stands for “Toolbox” while the “j” refers to the “joy of visiting various places accessible with its part-time all-wheel-drive system”.
Its bold front, square-shaped cabin, sturdy suspension and 20-inch wheels are matched to a next-generation Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform powered by “2.0-litre class” petrol and hybrid powertrains.
The design study is all about utility. On the inside, it is able to store surfboards and other items up to three metres long due to its fold-flat front and rear passenger seats.
The vehicle’s bonnet, roof and fenders also use “care-free” materials with a special coating that resists scratches and dirt.