Toyota to test hydrogen engine at 24 Hours of Fuji

The aim is to continue using the competition as a test bed to develop technologies that will later be transferred to street models.


With a view to achieving mobility with a carbon neutral footprint, Toyota is in full development of a hydrogen-based engine. To check its efficiency the impeller was mounted on a Toyota corolla sport that will run in the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Fuji May 22 and 23. The vehicle will be assisted on the track by the ORC ROOKIE Racing.

By putting its developing hydrogen engine to the test in the demanding conditions of a competition, Toyota hopes to contribute to a society based on sustainable mobility.

24 Hours of FujiFuel cell electric vehicles, such as the Toyota Mirai, produce a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen present in the air to generate the electricity that powers the electric motor.

For their part, hydrogen engines generate energy by burning hydrogen using modified fuel supply and injection systems. Except for the combustion of small amounts of engine oil while driving, as is also the case with heat engines, hydrogen boosters emit zero CO2 during use.

In addition to presenting excellent environmental performance, hydrogen boosters also have the potential to convey driving pleasure, including the sounds and vibrations characteristic of combustion cars.

The hydrogen-powered competition vehicle is scheduled to refuel during races using the hydrogen produced in the Hydrogen Energy Research Centeror from Fukushima in Namie Town, in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima.

 

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