Toyota Presents the Successor to Last Year’s MR2 Study with the New GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II – Carscoop
At last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota showcased a concept study of an all-wheel drive hybrid sports car (see here) loosely based on the now obsolete MR2 roadster, developed in partnership with Japan’s GAZOO Racing.
Now the time has come for Toyota to unwrap its successor in the form of the GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II that will receive both its public and racing debut at this weekend’s highly anticipated 39thNürburgring 24-hour endurance race in Germany.
The name “GRMN” stands for GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring, in honor of the late Hiromu Naruse (1944-2010), the Toyota chief test driver and head of the GAZOO Racing team who died in an accident last summer driving a prototype of the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition in Germany.
The latest prototype model features a completely new design for the body and an improved sports-hybrid all-wheel drive system.
The main power unit that includes a 249-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine, rear-wheel drive electric motors and transmission is mid-mounted while the front end hides a second electric motor driving the front wheels offering all-wheel drive traction.