Toyota’s un-Official Mid-Engined Hybrid Roadster

Originally published on Gas 2 by Jo Borrás

EV Central. Need to feel some wind in your hair? The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car might be for you. Image by Toyota. 1
EV Central. Need to feel some wind in your hair? The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car might be for you. Image #1.

Everyone needs a hobby, but what if you’re a Toyota engineer and building technologically advanced prototypes is your hobby? Don’t you get enough of that at work? Apparently not, since that was the motivation behind the plug-in sportscar you see here. Built on an old MR2 platform using from Toyota’s corporate Prius/Corolla parts bins by company engineers with a lot of free time on their hands, the Toyota TE-S800 is a sweet-looking plug-in hybrid roadster that weighs less than 2000 lbs. and rockets to 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds (!).

Motive power is provided by Toyota’s 1.5 liter Otto-cycle 1NZ-FE engine, sold in the US under the hood of the latest Prius. The car features a free-flowing sport exhaust that allows the engine to kick out more than 115 hp at 6400 rpm. That engine is boosted by the plug-in Prius’ 102 hp electric motor coupled to a Toyota E-CVT transmission.

The TE-S800 was quietly unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but didn’t get much press since it wasn’t an “official” project. All the same, this hybrid roadster is based on a chassis that met US crash standards the last time it was imported, and is powered by a drivetrain that is definitely clean enough to meet US emissions standards. What do you guys think? Is this the kind of mid-engined go-fast hybrid Toyota should build, or would you be more excited about a KERS-equipped FR-S or the more luxurious Lexus RC300h? Let us know what direction you’d like to see Toyota take in the comments section at the bottom the page.

The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #2.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #2.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #3.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #3.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #4.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #4.

Source | Photos: Toyota Engineering Society, via TechVehi.

This article, Hybrid Toyota Roadster Shocks Audience, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

EV Central. Jo BorrásJo Borrás I’ve been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+

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