Toyota 86 Gone Green

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Since petrol is locally cheap & there is a lack of any significant tree hugging population in the region; we assumed this piece of news wont interest you, still we decide to tell the tale. The automotive world is knee deep in Green Heaven and there are no signs of turning back. Rumors of electric powertrain kits & super hybrid prototypes are becoming a reality for the 86.

The green bug bit the 86. TGMY is a Japanese firm specialized in building electric conversion kits for petrol powered vehicles. Recently, they demonstrated their latest attempt at an electric powertrain conversion on an 86. This kind of resembles the same concept of the 2000GT SEV.

After having removed the GT 86’s four-cylinder engine, TGMY has installed an electric motor rated at 75 kW (100 horsepower) and 177 pound-feet of torque. That’s well short of the regular GT 86’s 200-horsepower output, but as seen in this video, first picked up by Technologic Vehicles, the electric sports coupe’s pace is far from sluggish.

TGMY took the car and did some laps of Japan’s famous Suzuka Circuit where it was able to post a best time of 2 minutes and 57 seconds. That’s only 20 seconds slower than a twin-turbocharged Mazda RX7, and just 30 seconds off the pace of a Porsche Carrera GT supercar, according to Motor Authority.

It seems like wind and tire noise are the loudest sounds one could hear inside the cabin; nevertheless it seems pretty nimble on track.

For now the 86 is just a demo car but only time will tell whether they would release a conversion kit for the 86 or BRZ.

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In separate news, Tetsuya Tada mentions something about building an 86 with “KERS“. K.E.R.S. or Kinetic Energy Recovery System is a super hybrid system (used on Le Mans & F1 cars for quite a while) that relies on regenerative braking to charge a battery which powers an electric motor mated to a conventional drivetrain as to provide an extra but brief power boost. In case you did not get what was said in the above sentence: a high performance hybrid version of the 86 is being considered.

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A secret prototype being worked on as we speak. Here’s what Chief Engineer Tada said, according to Top Gear UK:

The Toyota GT86 will get a more powerful version. Just like someone on every web forum out there says should happen. But it’s not what you’re thinking. The car’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada told us: “I think 300bhp with a turbo and 200g/km of CO2 would be tasteless in this day and age. And a turbo would mean the loss of the GT86’s uniqueness.” That’s pretty definite then.

“We’re looking for a surprise,” Tada says. “Something unique. For example, a hybrid motor.” Yes, he knows your face will fall. But he’s not talking about the usual Toyota hybrid system (THS), found on the Prius and other hatchbacks. “The THS is good in town, but not for sporty driving or high-speed motorways.” Quite.

“So we’re looking at a next-generation hybrid. More like the TS030 Le Mans Prototype. We’re looking into that possibility.”

Going green is inevitable but as long as it does not ruin the essence of driving or push driver’s cars into extinction; then we approve.

Also, as long as they dont self ignite or explode when exposed to rain or floods:

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