Toyota, led by its racing enthusiast CEO, is experimenting with novel methods to combine enjoyment into driving while minimizing environmental impact.
Toyota is reportedly testing a Corolla Cross H2 Concept with a hydrogen-powered racing engine. The engine was borrowed from the company’s GR Corolla H2 endurance racer.
The engine is comparable to the one found in the Toyota GR Corolla and GR Yaris, being a 1.6-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 300 horsepower including all four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
On the other hand, the engine of the Corolla Cross H2 Concept has high-pressure hydrogen direct injection technology. Toyota can enhance power by 24% and torque by 33% with this technology. It also enables the corporation to increase driving range by about 30% and cut refilling time from 5 minutes to 1.5 minutes. The mission of the Corolla Cross H2 is to sell a retrofit kit that can be put on any vehicle.
Toyota is a strong supporter of hydrogen-powered vehicles, even though the absence of refueling equipment has been a major hurdle to the company’s adoption of this innovation.
Toyota hopes to increase interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles by putting this technology into one of its most popular crossovers.