(from Toyota Press Release)
Toyota's Motor Triathlon Race Car (MTRC) fuel cell concept will make its
U.S. debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. The concept
vehicle, which made its world premier earlier this year at the Geneva
Motor Show, was designed and built by Toyota's European design studio
The MTRC is a response to the cultural interests of young people today.
Mobile phones, video games, computers and the internet play an
increasing role in youth culture. This cultural trend was a significant
influence in the race car concept's design.
The MTRC will be showcased in Gran Turismo 4, the latest version of the
popular Sony Playstation game developed by Sony Computer Entertainment
and Polyphony Digital.
"We have taken the opportunity of extracting the technology from a
futuristic car, and reproducing it in a virtual world," stated Kazunori
Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo. "This has been a very exciting
experience for our team, who are always curious about new technology."
The two-seater concept demonstrates three strengths of the Toyota Brand:
its extensive motor sports involvement, four-wheel drive heritage and
its commitment to advanced and eco-friendly technology.
The ED2 design studio reveals the motor sports influence in the exterior
styling of the MTRC. The concept is reminiscent of an open-wheeled car
in which the whole body contributes to the control of airflows, ensuring
maximum stability and aerodynamic efficiency.
The MTRC was conceived to compete in three different environments: an
off-road course, a smooth and high-grip racetrack and a narrow city
street circuit, as if in a "triathlon."
The vehicle uses an electronically-controlled suspension system that
constantly monitors the road conditions, raises the ride height and
adjusts the settings according to its environment. Intelligent tires
also adapt to the road conditions through built-in sensors, ensuring the
appropriate, maximum grip for the surface.
The wheels have their own electric motors that are powered by the Toyota
fuel cell stack. As a result, the MTRC is a zero emissions vehicle.
In addition, the car adopts the innovative 'Mixed Reality' technology
developed by Denso and Canon. The driver and passengers wear a special
helmet that transmits information similar to a Heads Up Display (HUD).
While a HUD system conveys factual information, such as temperature or
speed, Mixed Reality helps the driver to anticipate upcoming road
The Mixed Reality system provides a constant flow of information, such
as road temperature, tire status, the presence of snow or ice, and at
the same time, interacts with the car's other systems to optimize
performance. This advanced technology helps the driver navigate and
control the car more safely and accurately.
TOYOTA MOTOR TRIATHLON
RACING CONCEPT SPECIFICATIONS
Millimeters / Inches
Overall Length: 4,060 159.8
Overall Width: 1,930 76.0
Overall Height: 1,330 - 1,480 52.4 - 58.3
Wheelbase: 2,950 116.1
Tread, front: 1,600 63.3
Number of seats: 2
Fuel cell type: Toyota fuel cell stack
Drive system: 4WD (in-wheel motors)