Upgraded hydrogen-powered Toyota completes second race – Motorsports

In the 4th round of the Super Taikyu season, which is a 5-hour race at Autopolis, President Akio Toyoda shared the drive with Takuto Iguchi, Takamitsu Matsui, and Masahiro Sasaki, and the machine in which Rookie Racing participated returned home in 43rd place out of 44 cars. rice field.

The McLaren 720S GT3, which won the race, ran 27 laps and achieved an average speed of 78.715km / h. Rise from 67.963km / h recorded by Fuji 24 hours.. Iguchi recorded a fastest lap of 2 minutes 11.054 seconds, which is about 19 seconds slower than the winning McLaren.

Prior to the race, Toyota revealed that it had made significant changes to the Corolla Sport. The Corolla Sport uses the same 1.6-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine as the company’s GR Yaris Road Car, but has been modified to burn compressed hydrogen instead of gasoline.

Koji Sato, president of Toyota Gazo Racing, said, “I was able to finish the race 24 hours a day at Fuji, but due to frequent troubles, I aimed to improve the reliability of the car.

“Since we have completed the engine spec changes since Fuji, we have improved acceleration by 9%, reduced weight by 40kg, and changed settings such as the height of the roll center.

“In addition, after discussing with the FIA, we improved our refueling time by 40%. [from around five minutes to three] By increasing the flow rate of fuel. “

The Corolla was 37th out of 49 runners with a best time of 2’09.992 seconds. This is more than 2 seconds away from the fastest time in the slowest ST-5 class and the slowest time in the ST-4. At Fuji, the car was just a little faster than the best of the ST-5 runners.

Toyota races under the usual pseudonym “Morizo”, but that half of the hydrogen used by the team in the Autopolis race comes from local resources in Kyushu, south of Japan. Emphasized.

“If the purpose of Fuji24 Hours was to’increase the choices of automotive technology on the part of users’, this time it’s to’increase the choices of renewable energy technology’,” he said.

Toyota has revealed that the hydrogen-powered Corolla will also be competing in the remaining 2021 Super Taikyu rounds in Suzuka and Okayama.

The McLaren team’s Floral Racing and ABSSA Motorsports won the overall victory at Autopolis with Keita Sawa, Teruhiko Hamano and Shintaro Kawabata.

# 290 Floral Uematsu FG 720S GT3

Photo: Atsushi Goto

They inherited the victory after the first GTNET Motorsport Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 to finish on the road was disqualified for not having the required amount of success ballast.

The race was canceled 39 minutes later due to fog, but the race resumed about an hour later due to improved weather.

Additional report by Kazuya Mishima

– Motorsports

Upgraded hydrogen-powered Toyota completes second race Upgraded hydrogen-powered Toyota completes second race

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