can now lay claim to having fielded the first hybrid vehicle
to win an endurance race. The Denso SARD Supra HV-R
won the Tokachi 24-hour race in convincing fashion, finishing 19 laps up on the second place car for a total of 616. The hybridized
Super GT-spec Supra took the pole
, lead all day, and opened up a significant gap in the final hours of the competition. It also had the fastest lap of the event. Powered by a 4,4480cc 3UZ-FE V8 augmented with a regenerative braking system
, in-wheel electric motors in front, and a larger single electric motor for the rear wheels, the Supra HV-R was the sole GT-class entrant in this year's race. With reports saying that a production version of the FT-HS concept is on the way, we should be able to get a taste of what a streetable hybrid sports car
is like in due time. In the meantime, Toyota has gone out and shown what a motorsports-prepared hybrid is capable of.