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The Toyota TS030 Hybrid is a racing car developed under Le Mans
Prototype rules. The car is intended to be run at the 2012 24 Hours of Le
Mans, with two cars being entered in the LMP1 category, and became the
first hybrid car to be entered in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The car will feature the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) regenerative
braking device, with Toyota as yet undecided whether the system will be
charged from the front and/or rear wheels. The car will mark Toyota's first
works entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since the Toyota GT-One was entered
in the 1999 race. It will make its debut at the 6 Heures de
Spa-Francorchamps in May 2012.
The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) is a set of hybrid car technologies
developed by Toyota and used in the company's Auris, Prius, Highlander
Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Estima, Alphard, Lexus RX 400h/RX 450h, Lexus GS
450h, Lexus LS 600h/LS 600hL, Lexus CT 200h, and Lexus HS 250h automobiles.
Toyota also licenses its HSD technology to Nissan for use in that company's
Nissan Altima Hybrid. Its parts supplier Aisin Seiki Co. sells similar
hybrid transmissions to other car companies.
HSD technology produces a full hybrid vehicle which allows the car to run
on the electric motor only, as opposed to most other brand hybrids which
cannot and are considered mild hybrids. The HSD also combines an electric
drive and a planetary gearset which performs similarly to a continuously
variable transmission. The Synergy Drive is a drive-by-wire system with no
direct mechanical connection between the engine and the engine controls:
both the gas pedal/accelerator and the gearshift lever in an HSD car merely
send electrical signals to a control computer.
HSD is a refinement of the original Toyota Hybrid System (THS) used in the
1997 to 2003 Toyota Prius. The second generation system THS II first
appeared on the redesigned Prius in 2004. The name was changed in
anticipation of its use in vehicles outside the Toyota brand (Lexus; the
HSD-derived systems used in Lexus vehicles have been termed Lexus Hybrid
Drive since 2006). The Lexus Hybrid Drive system is tuned for increased
power and performance along with efficiency concerns; it was introduced
on all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive Lexus models. By May 2007
Toyota had sold one million hybrids worldwide and by the end of August 2009
had sold a total of two million. Toyota-produced hybrids make up
approximately 75% of United States hybrid sales.
The following is a list of vehicles with Hybrid Synergy Drive and related
technologies (Toyota Hybrid System I/II; Lexus Hybrid Drive) Toyota Prius
with THS: December 1997--October 2003 with THSII: October 2003--present
Lexus RX 400h / Toyota Harrier Hybrid (March 2005--) Toyota
Highlander/Kluger Hybrid with THSI: July 2005--September 2008 with THSII:
October 2008--present Lexus GS 450h (March 2006--present) Toyota Camry
Hybrid (May 2006--present) Lexus LS 600h/LS 600hL (April 2007--present)
Toyota A-BAT (concept truck) Nissan Altima Hybrid (2007--present) Lexus RX
450h (2009--present) Lexus HS 250h (2009--present) Lexus CT 200h (late
2010--) Toyota Auris (July 2010--)
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AUSmotive: Allan McNish crash Le Mans 2011 (HD)
Allan McNish in the #3 Audi R18 TDI was involved in a horrific accident in
the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour race. McNish made contact with the #58 Ferrari and
crashed heavily into the barriers just after the Dunlop bridge. Thankfully
he was able to walk away with no major injury.