Lexus F Series Won’t Add Hybrids, Yet
With many of the world’s automakers jaunting down the avenue of high-performance hybridization, the Lexus F series looks to remain hybrid-free for the time being, according to new reports. Australia’s Motoring sat down with Yukuhiro Yaguchi, chief engineer at the Lexus F division, who discussed the obvious emissions benefits of hybridization as well as its pitfalls in a performance- and track-oriented car. RELATED: See Photos of the 2014 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept
“In order to put the hybrid on track they need a little more development as far as track driving,” noted Yaguchi. “If we use the current configuration hybrid we will drain the battery so fast we will need to have a capacitor to generate the electricity fast.”
Super-capacitor technology blazoned by Toyota Motorsport GmbH in the WEC-fighting TS040 racecar would offer Lexus a fast track to performance hybridization, but Yaguchi maintains that its development for road-going operation takes time.
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“We are currently studying the application,” assured Yaguchi. “We are studying the data coming from the TS040 and we can’t say it will never make it into a production car.”
Doublespeak or not, it certainly leaves the topic open for discussion in regards to a range-topping Lexus F plug-in.
The F series, which already squares off against BMW’s M division, could launch punches at the all-new BMW i8 plug-in with a hybridized version of the RC F, or for that matter at cross-town rival Honda with the upcoming and supposedly hybrid-equipped S2000.
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