Toyota Charges Up Hybrid Supercar

The FT-HS has an aggressive and purposeful exterior design which paves the way for the company's sports car future.

Published: 11-Jan-2007

Green is the new black in the car industry, and Toyota is using its hybrid-powertrain expertise to give a glimpse of what could be the world’s fastest environmentally-friendly car.

The radical FT-HS uses a 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to an electric motor, making it a supercar with a hint of environmental friendliness.

It delivers around 300kW of power and accelerates to 100km/h in around four seconds.


Toyota Motor pushed the hybrid envelope further this week by unveiling two high-profile cars equipped with the alternative powertrain at the annual Detroit auto show, but competitors responded by cranking up the volume to promote rival clean-engine technologies. PHOTO: Toyota Voltra hybrid-electric concept sports car.

This year, it's hybrids galore, large and small including the BMW X-3 Active Hybrid similar to that depicted below.

Tongji University and Shanghai Maple Automobile, a privately run car manufacturer, are working together to design three models of hybrid cars, which are expected to go into small-scale production in 2008. SMA is a subsidiary of China's largest carmaker, Geely.


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