Toyota builds fuel-cell vehicle for Japanese Rally Championship

October 31, 2014
Toyota has revealed a fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) that has been adapted for use in the upcoming Japanese Rally Championship.
The zero-emissions sedan has been “specially tuned and outfitted for rally racing,” though it will actually be used as a safety car that drives the roads ahead of the competing rally cars.

The rally-spec FCV design is nearly identical to the production model, which boasts a 300-mile range and a zero-to-60 mph time of around 10 seconds. Bolder graphics, mud flaps and dark-grey wheels are the only obvious changes to the external design.

The company has not fully detailed its list of modifications, such as potential suspension or powertrain tweaks.

The 177-mile Shinshiro Rally will be held in the Aichi Prefecture on November 1-2, while the first batch of production FCVs are slated for arrival in Japan by April 2015 before spreading to the US and Europe by the summer.

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