The launch of the Toyota GT86 sports car set off an atom bomb in the automotive world, in the aftermath of which many car makers voiced their interest to collaborate with Toyota on this. Among them BMW managed to secure a deal for a joint sport car, and by the looks of things it is going to be something properly awesome.
Early speculations suggested that the BMW-Toyota Sports Car would be something along the line with the GT86; a sort of pure sports car with focus on lightness and agility. But, maybe due to the fact that Toyota is struggling with the sales figures of the GT86, the joint product is going to be a lot more advanced.
The latest reports say this BMW-Toyota Sports Car is going to feature a super-clever hybrid system with supercapacitor technology, which is used in Toyota’s LMP1 Le Mans race car. The car will be a front-engined 2+2 GT, but not rear-wheel-drive.
Boasting a petrol engine and two electric motors, the car is more likely to be four-wheel-drive. The performance advantage of this system is great enough to sacrifice the fun of rear-wheel-drive for. It would have a sequential transmission, and advanced handling systems such as torque vectoring.
As to the looks of the BMW-Toyota Sports Car, while Toyota’s model would be similar to the FT-1 Concept – and probably carrying a Supra badge – BMW is said to be looking at it as the replacement for the Z4.