The Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car (MTRC), a fuel cell concept car, made it debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. Toyota’s European design studio ED2 both designed and built the MTRC concept car. The MTRC concept car is also being showcased in Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo 4 home video game. The ‘triathlon’ part of the name comes from Toyota’s intent to race the car on three venues: a narrow city street circuit, high-grip racetrack and an off-road track. The H2 vehicle is a 4-wheel drive machine with each wheel powered by a hydrogen fuel cell stack.Concept car will be one of the stars at the upcoming Australian International Motor Show (October 14-23).
The Motor Triathlon Race Car (MTRC) is a hydrogen-powered race car concept that combines influences from Toyota’s involvement in Formula One, rallying, sports car racing and other forms of motor sport.
The MTRC – which will be familiar to Sony Playstation users thanks to its inclusion in the Gran Turismo 4 game – was conceived to compete in a “triathlon” of different driving environments: an off-road course, a smooth racetrack and a narrow city street circuit.
Featuring avant-garde styling from Toyota’s ED2 Studio in France, the MTRC seats driver and passenger astern, wrapped in open-wheeler style downforce-producing bodywork.
The company’s heritage in four-wheel-drive vehicles is demonstrated by the drivetrain, in which all four wheels are powered by individual electric motors.
Penned by Toyota’s ED2 Studio in France, the open-wheeler offers seating for two — but the occupants sit line astern, rather than abreast, so conversations may have to wait until the journey is over.
The unusual hoop-shaped wing is designed to produce aerodynamic downforce, while four electric motors — each assigned to an individual wheel — provide propulsion. These motors, in turn, are powered by a fuel cell stack that produces no harmful emissions — water is the only by-product.
The vehicle uses an electronically controlled suspension system that constantly monitors the road conditions and raises the ride height and other settings accordingly, and it’s complemented by ‘Intelligent’ tyres with built-in sensors that are claimed to maximise grip on any surface.
In addition, the car features innovative ‘Mixed Reality’ whereby the driver and passengers wear a special helmet that transmits information in a similar way to a Heads Up Display (HUD).
However, while a traditional HUD conveys information such as temperature or speed, the Canon/Denso-developed Mixed Reality interacts with the car’s other systems to help the driver anticipate upcoming road conditions such as snow or ice.
A pollution-free fuel cell stack emitting only water provides electricity for the motors.
The vehicle uses an electronically controlled suspension system that constantly monitors the road conditions, raises the ride height and adjusts the settings according to its environment.
“Intelligent” tyres use built-in sensors to adapt to the road conditions and maximise grip on any surface.
In addition, the car features innovative Mixed Reality technology developed by partners Denso and Canon.
The driver and passengers wear a special helmet that transmits information in a similar way to a Heads Up Display (HUD).
However, while a traditional HUD conveys factual information such as temperature or speed, Mixed Reality interacts with the car’s other systems to help the driver anticipate upcoming road conditions such as snow or ice.
The MTRC will be amongst dozens of new concept cars and production models making their Asia-Pacific or Australian debuts when the show opens at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour on October 14.