Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept to replace MR2

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Toyota revealed a concept study of an all-wheel drive hybrid sports car based on the MR2 roadster at the Tokyo Auto Salon last year, which was developed in partnership with Japan’s GAZOO Racing.

Just recently Toyota unveiled a slightly updated version of the concept that was displayed as the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. The new version is called the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, which will make its racing debut at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race in Germany this Saturday on June 25th.

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 concept model features a new body design and a revised sports-hybrid all-wheel drive system. The powertrain has a combined power output of 295 horsepower, with 245 horsepower coming from the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and 50 horsepower from an electric motor.