The Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is probably one of the worst-named vehicles in history. But putting that aside, the concept is a fairly advanced piece of hybrid-powered, AWD machinery. The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II was developed through a collaboration between Toyota and GAZOO Racing – they provide the GR bit of the name. The MN part of the concept’s name comes from the nickname “Meister of Nürburgring” – which was given to Hiromu Naruse, Toyota’s chief test driver who was killed in 2010 when the LFA supercar he was driving crashed into another vehicle just outside the Nurburgring.
The Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II will make its debut appearance at the 2011 Nurburgring 24-hour race. It won’t be a competitor. Instead it’ll be put on show to give spectators something to gawp at as they wait for the race leaders to come around again.
The Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II features an improved sports-hybrid all-wheel-drive system similar to that found in the Lexus RX 450h. The petrol engine, rear-wheel drive motors and transmission are mid-mounted in conjunction with a front-wheel drive electric motor. This layout is designed to improve maneuverability, enhance driving enjoyment and provide additional stability.
The main engine of the Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is a 245 horsepower 3.5 litre V6, while the electric motor provides an additional 50 horsepower.
They styling of the Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is polarising. There isn’t any more polite way of putting it than that. Some aspects of its design look fresh and interesting. While others look like they came from a poorly designed ’90s kit car manufacturer.