Far from being the typical car you see in a motorsport event, the Toyota Mirai took part in a hill climb speed trial.
With only 155 horsepower (114 kilowatts), the hydrogen Mirai certainly wasn’t developed to complete quick laps around the track. Nevertheless, Toyota believes the fuel cell sedan made “motorsport history” last weekend. Journalist David Finlay drove a mirror chrome-wrapped Mirai at the Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb and managed to complete the 0.6-mile course in 44.44 seconds at a more than decent average speed of 62.5 mph (100.5 kph).
Meanwhile in Monaco, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II got behind the wheel of a Mirai to do a lap of honor around the famous Monte Carlo circuit before the 2016 F1 Grand Prix. He wanted to send out a message about how Monaco wants to serve as a “pioneer of sustainable mobility” which is why the hydrogen Mirai was the vehicle of choice since only water comes out from its tailpipe.
Launched last year, the Mirai can provide a maximum range of approximately 300 miles (483 kilometers) which is not half bad. Once the two high-pressure hydrogen tanks are depleted, refilling them to a 100% level is going to take three to five minutes, so it’s just about the same as with a conventionally-powered car.
It’s pretty much safe to say Toyota’s eco-friendly sedan has a rather controversial design, just like its main rival, Honda’s all-new 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell. It remains to be seen whether the unusual styling will have have a negative impact on sales of the two hydrogen cars.