Trendy electrical autos aren’t very sensible for endurance races as a result of lengthy charging instances, however Toyota might have an alternate. Its Gazoo Racing unit has unveiled a GR H2 Racing Idea that is designed to compete within the Le Mans 24 Hours race’s new hydrogen automobile class. The automaker is not divulging specs, however the attraction is evident: that is an emissions-free automobile that may spend extra time racing and fewer time topping up.
Toyota would not say if or when a race-ready GR H2 will hit the observe. The machine is constructed for “future competitors,” the model says. Do not be shocked if Toyota refines the idea earlier than bringing it to a Le Mans race.
The corporate is not any stranger to low- and zero-emissions motorsports. The model has been racing a hydrogen engine Corolla in Japan’s Tremendous Taikyu Collection since 2021, and its GR010 hybrid hypercar took the highest two general podium spots ultimately yr’s Le Mans. A purpose-built hydrogen automobile just like the GR H2 is actually an extension of the corporate’s technique.
The announcement comes at a fragile second for Toyota. The make is shifting its focus to EVs after years of resisting the section in favor of hybrids and hydrogen vehicles. On the identical time, new CEO Koji Sato needs to make certain hydrogen stays a “viable choice.” The GR H2 could also be a touch as to how Toyota tackles this dilemma: it will possibly maintain utilizing hydrogen in classes the place quick stops are essential, similar to racing and trucking, whereas courting a passenger automobile market that insists on EVs like the bZ4X and Lexus RZ.