All the supercars are doing it, including the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918... so why not boost the power of the Toyota GT 86 with an electric powertrain?
The GT86 is the “real deal” as Toyota likes to say. However, one thing that seems a little bit less real than other sports cars is its 200 horsepower and 0-60 in over 7-seconds. None-the-less, we know that the gears are turning at Toyota, and the hints are being dished out by numerous 86 concept's that have appeared with either supercharged or turbocharged options.
The 2015 GT 86 has now been unveiled, and while insiders are speculating on a 2.5-liter boxer engine will be replacing the old 2.0-liter before the end of the current generation, the Toyota engineering team is already looking forward to the sophomore album. According to the Chief Engineer of the Toyota 86, Tetsuya Tada, the powertrain of the next-generation GT 86 could be vastly different.
“I hope to make an engine upgrade at least one time with this car,” Tada explained to Drive.com. “We already tried all possibilities and there are several types of 86 prototypes at the Toyota proving ground now—one is a turbocharger, one is bigger displacement and special hybrid system.”
So, here is the deal. Whatever engine the 86 is currently building, the result of adding a turbocharger might put unwanted stress on the powertrain. Tada also hinted to Drive.com that they are considering dropping the boxer engine all together, and introducing a radically different design.
Well, what could be more radical than hybrid? But the hybrid battery system would just wreck the lightweight frame of the 86, you might say. Yes, but not if the hybrid system that Toyota is working on is a super capacitor system, similar to the one in their TS040 race car. Tada did say in his quote that it was 'special'. Now, everything is beginning to make sense.
Just ponder such an evolution for the Toyota GT 86, and we'll leave you with that grin.