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To make ever better, cleaner cars, Toyota raced and broke this hydrogen-powered Corolla for 24 hours

Jason ยท Jun 4, 2021 02:00 PM

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To make ever better, cleaner cars, Toyota raced and broke this hydrogen-powered Corolla for 24 hours 01

Over the 24 hours, Toyota's entrant clocked in 358 laps on the Fuji Speedway, an equivalent of 1,634 km. The 358 laps were completed in 11 hours and 54 minutes. Of the remaining time, 8 were spent conducting repairs and safety checks, while refuelling the hydrogen took up 4 hours cumulatively.

To make ever better, cleaner cars, Toyota raced and broke this hydrogen-powered Corolla for 24 hours 02

While the 358 laps were far shorter than the overall winner's distance (763 laps, more than double the mileage), Toyota's President and Master Driver, Akio Toyoda was pleased with the progress that was made.

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Said Toyoda - who obviously participated as a driver for this race - , "We faced many problems, but thanks to everyone’s hard effort, we completed the race with a car almost at a shakedown (reliability testing) stage."

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Thanks to the findings, we now know what the issues are, and this 24-hour race has become a milestone for us to prepare and go further." 

Also readToyota wants to use hydrogen save the internal combustion engine, when everyone else is giving up

To make ever better, cleaner cars, Toyota raced and broke this hydrogen-powered Corolla for 24 hours 05

So, despite the race team spending a third of the 24 hours dealing with mechanical issues, Toyoda believes the lessons gleaned from this experience will be a valuable asset in the company's goal to pursue carbon neutrality through not just electricity, but hydrogen as well. 

Toyoda continued, "We decided to challenge this 24-hour race to expand the path toward carbon neutrality. I believe that it is not through regulation or goals, but rather purposeful passion and action that will create the future."

How can you not love the man? He is the very embodiment of 'genchi genbutsu'. Is there a more hands-on leader at any carmaker at the moment? Short answer, no.

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Jason

Road Test Editor

Jason's foremost passion is all things automotive, where he spent his formative working years as a Product Planner and Trainer. An Advanced Driving Instructor by training and an all-round enthusiast, Jason loves going into intricate details about driving dynamics. Will drive anything with 4 wheels and a steering.

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