Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car MTRC
The 2004 Toyota MTRC, an electric & hydrogen off-road sports concept.
Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car MTRC is Toyota’s response to future customer demands. A tandem two-seater that combines off-road ability, sports car performance and motor sport derived technology, the MTRC shows that Toyota is now targeting not only the customers of today, but also tapped into what will appeal to future generations.
The Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car MTRC, first seen at the 2004 Geneva International Motorshow, is Toyotas idea of a tandem two seat race car of the future.
The MTRC was designed and built at Toyota’s European design studio, ED2. It is propelled by four in-wheel electric motors powered by a Toyota fuel cell stack, enabling the stylists much more freedom when designing the shape of the car than a conventional internal combustion engine and four-wheel drive transmission would allow.
The MTRC’s striking toy-like appearance is accentuated by a large semicircular front air dam and a large arced spoiler curving over the rear of the car. The central mounted tail light is in the shape of the Toyota badge and hints to an F1 influence.
MTRC has been conceived from the outset to compete in three different environments, as if in an automotive triathlon: off-road, race track and city street circuits. That combination of tracks might seem unusual, but it is common place to the millions who play and enjoy car racing computer games where part of the attraction is dramatic, high speed dicing through varied, realistic environments.
No surprise then that the MTRC will be available to drive in the upcoming Gran Turismo 4, the latest version of the massively popular video game developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and Polyphony Digital.
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