Do you remember the Toyota Supra HV-R? It won the 24 hours of Tokachi race back in July and now it has won an award as the "Race engine of the year 2007." Why is an AutoblogGreen story? It's because the engine is a hybrid. The nominations were selected by the editors of "Race Engine Technology" magazine but the votes came from race professionals from different motorsports.
The Denso SARD Supra HV-R, a former Super GT racer modified to run with a hybrid powertrain, has taken the pole position for today's 2007 Tokachi 24-hour endurance race, which will be well underway by the time you read this. Toyota Team SARD competed with a hybrid in the event last year, a Lexus GS450h that finished 4th in class and 17th overall. The Supra HV-R is a different breed of cat entirely, however, and assuming it doesn't experience any mechanical problems or on-track mishaps, it looks