Toyota FT-HS: Hybrid-electric Supra Successor?

A powerful V6, 3.5L-engine is coupled with a 21 st century sports hybrid system with a target power output of approximately 400-horsepower giving the FT HS 0-60 in under 4 seconds.

Published: 07-Jan-2007

Forget the congestion charge, petrol taxes and global warming - motoring in the future can still be fun according to Toyota with its FT-HS hybrid sports concept being shown at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.

Pairing a potent hybrid powertrain with essential sports car fundamentals, the FT-HS concept was a joint undertaking of CALTY, Toyota's North American-based, research and design centre located in Newport Beach, California, and Toyota's California-based Advanced Product Strategy Group.  The design team was assigned the task of creating a mid-priced sports car that integrates ecology and emotion in a concept that addresses the question, "What is a suitable sports car for the 21 st Century?".

"Drivers today are not satisfied with cars that are simply fast," said Kevin Hunter, vice president, CALTY Design Research.  "In addition to driving enjoyment, today's drivers are concerned about safety, ecology and social responsibility."


Smaller cars and more hybrids are emerging trends among carmakers, both foreign and domestic, including the introduction this year in North America of the Toyota Yaris, pictured below.

SuperFast Pizza has chosen the Chrysler Sprinter which will be the first to offer plug-in hybrid technology giving the company's rolling pizza vans the ability to be pollution-free and neighborhood friendly.

Reflex features an advanced diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system that harnesses diesel, electric and solar power. This combination of power can deliver maximum fuel economy - up to 65 mpg - without compromising performance.


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