Toyota Hybrid-R Concept Set for 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


  • Toyota Hybrid-R Concept Picture

    Toyota Hybrid-R Concept Picture

    The Toyota Hybrid-R Concept will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. | August 07, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The Toyota Hybrid-R Concept will bow at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, prompting speculation that this may be a new hybrid sports car designed to serve as a successor to the Toyota Supra.
  • Toyota released an image of the badge for its Hybrid-R Concept, but provided no further information.
  • Earlier this year, BMW and Toyota announced plans to jointly develop a sports-car platform to be completed by the end of 2013.

FRANKFURT, Germany — The Toyota Hybrid-R Concept will bow at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, prompting speculation that this may be a new hybrid sports car designed to serve as a successor to the Toyota Supra.

Toyota released an image of the badge for its Hybrid-R Concept, but provided no further information. The badge's design blends a checkered flag with the color blue, hinting that the concept may highlight performance with an eco-friendly twist.

"Toyota will showcase an exciting new concept for road and track, featuring Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) technology," the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.

The THS-R technology has been used in the TS030, Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship car.

The concept is set for a reveal on September 10.

Earlier this year, BMW and Toyota announced plans to jointly develop a sports-car platform to be completed by the end of 2013.

The two companies also said they are to jointly develop lightweight technologies for vehicle bodies using cutting-edge materials such as reinforced composites, to use on the new sports-car platform and other BMW and Toyota vehicles.

"We are making steadfast progress," said Akio Toyoda, Toyota president, in a statement at the time. "Now, we are entering the phase that promises the fruit."

The Toyota Supra is out of production, but it remains one of the Japanese automaker's most popular models with performance enthusiasts. Available through much of the 1980s and '90s, the Supra served as Toyota's flagship sport coupe. The Supra pioneered new technologies as well. It was the first Toyota to get electronic fuel injection and the first Toyota in the U.S. to have both a turbocharged engine and antilock brakes.

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