The plucky little hatch will be used to develop hydrogen tech further.
The Toyota Corolla hatch is one of the few vehicles that the Japanese automaker produces that looks better than you'd expect and with the news that a hotter version is on the way, this sharp little runabout is about to be even more fun to drive. While we look forward to that model, the world is focused on cleaner energy, and Toyota's solution is hydrogen. Now, Toyota is fusing its feisty little hatchback with hydrogen power in a racecar, and it's not just a design study - it's going to actually race in the real world.
The racer, based on the Corolla Sport, will enter the competition "under the RC ROOKIE Racing banner starting with the Super Taikyu Series 2021 Powered by Hankook Round 3 NAPAC Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours Race on May 21-23."
It's more than just a marketing strategy too, as Toyota is intending to use the lessons it learns in the harsh environment of motorsport to further develop its hydrogen engine, with the long-term goal of a totally carbon-neutral society. Besides the minute amounts of engine oil that a hydrogen motor burns, there are absolutely no CO2 emissions with this sort of engine.
The benefits to hydrogen also translate to the driving experience, as combustion occurs quicker and throttle response is, therefore, sharper, and because of this combustion, you still get the noises and vibrations that make driving a traditional ICE car enjoyable and engaging.
Toyota hasn't given us much information on the racer, except to say that the engine is a 1.6-liter three-cylinder turbo, but we're excited to see that there is a lot of performance potential for hydrogen. The car will undoubtedly help Toyota advance hydrogen tech, which bodes well for those of use who enjoy the sounds of internal combustion. With Toyota doing this and Porsche working on synthetic fuels, there may be hope for the engine yet.