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by Alex Gibson

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R has been revealed in full, with a new gallery of images showing the high-performance pocket rocket concept on track ahead of its debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show.

Redesigned headlights, a wider front grille and blue contrast details distinguish the 313kW Yaris Hybrid-R concept at the front along with a functional lower lip designed to increase high-speed stability by managing underbody air flow.

The front bumper incorporates two large air intakes, and more blue accents in the form of tinged LED daytime running lights. Toyota says the gaping mouth isn’t just for show, as the intakes also contribute to cooling the front brakes. The brake calipers themselves are six-piston at the front and four-piston at the rear.

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The Yaris Hybrid-R’s flared fenders house 18-inch TRD wheels and asymmetrical-tread tyres, which the concept’s Japanese manufacturer says are “ideally suited for a mixed use on the road and on the track”.

A large, roof-mounted spoiler pairs with a rear diffuser, which houses the Yaris Hybrid-R concept’s exhaust.

A “quick-opening fuel cap” also promises to prove its worth in those emergency refuelling sessions where an ordinary cap would simply be too slow to use.

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Inside, the Yaris Hybrid-R concept sports two-tone Recaro bucket seats, trimmed in black leather and blue Alcantara, as well as pedals borrowed from the 86 sports coupe.

Toyota also says the Hybrid R borrows the 86’s ‘Can-Gateway ECU’ system, which allows drivers to record racing data on their smartphone. The system relays information such as GPS data, acceleration times, steering angles, gear changes and vehicle speed, thereby reproducing a driver’s lap of a track.

Toyota released details of the Yaris Hybrid-R’s powertrain last week. Beneath the concept’s bonnet lurks a 223kW 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Two 45kW motors power each rear wheel, combining for a total output of 313kW.

All that remains now is for the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R to make its public debut in Frankfurt on September 10.




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