Earlier this year Toyota confirmed a WRC comeback in 2017 and now the Japanese company has made an appearance during the Rally Germany with the Mirai fuel cell vehicle
Toyota is preparing for the European market launch of its latest eco car and the producer has decided to use the ADAC Rallye Deutschland from WRC to promote it. The car was driven by Mitsuhiro Kunisawa, a Japanese journalist and experienced rally driver, through the stages of the race.
It features only slight modifications, including new special brake pads, competition tires and a roll cage. The production powertrain remains unchanged, providing a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 9.6 seconds.
Yoshikazu Tanaka, the Mirai's chief engineer, commented: “It is our dream that one day our fuel cell vehicles will be able to compete in WRC. Therefore, we will continue to develop this technology with great ambition. Spectators at the Rallye Deutschland will have to get used to this noiseless premiere at Trier, but they’ll experience the art of an almost pollution-free future.”
The car is already available to order in Japan, while sales in selected European countries will start in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier won in the 9th round of the championship, leading Volkswagen to a 1-2-3 podium in Germany.