We really want to party with the Toyota Engineering Society. With the mothership company showing a bunch of modifications at the Tokyo Auto Salon last month, that nutty engineering group used the event to unofficially show off its TE-S800 PHEV roadster, as you can see in the two-minute video below.

The car is a plug-in hybrid that pairs the 115-horsepower gas engine that's standard issue on the Toyota Prius hybrid with a 102-horsepower electric motor. The right-hand-drive two-seat-vehicle also sits on the platform of the little-bitty MR2 (remember those?) so it weighs in at less than 2,000 lbs. And, as you can see, the car's also painted bright green (now there's a hint) and kind of cool-looking. Do the math of combining more than 200 horsepower with a featherweight car, and you've got a rather sporty vehicle that can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds, all while getting outstanding fuel economy. Yippee!

Engineering Society aside, the Japanese automaker brought more than 30 customized vehicles to the Salon. Those included the Harrier G Sports Concept, a modified version of the Toyota's new crossover, and the Vitz RS G Sports Concept, which is a sported-out Yaris.



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      Greg
      • 10 Months Ago
      That video is lame. The filmer needs to learn to learn to frame the car and not always fill the screen with asphalt.
      David Murray
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks like the only instrumentation is an iPad stuck to the dash.
        Spec
        • 10 Months Ago
        @David Murray
        That would be enough for me.
      GoodCheer
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'd miss a manual transmission, but I understand why HSD doesn't need one and respect that. Also, make it rear wheel drive. It does look rear/mid-engine like the MR2, and dropping a prius drivetrain into the back of an MR2 would make it RWD.
      paulwesterberg
      • 10 Months Ago
      Toyota Engineering > Toyota Management
      TIMMAH!
      • 10 Months Ago
      Kinda looks like an updated MR2.
      Spec
      • 10 Months Ago
      OFFER THIS FOR SALE! Damn it Toyota. Stop teasing. Offer this thing for sale. And make a version w/o the gas engine but with more batteries.
        Ryan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Seriously. Lightweight, aerodynamic, now about the cost...