The Tokachi 24-Hour Race recently saw a hybrid car come up tops for the first time. The Denso Toyota Supra HV-R uses a modified Super GT 3UZ-FE 4.5 litre engine that makes 480 PS at 6,800rpm and 510Nm at 5,600rpm.
The hybrid component consists of two in-wheel motors putting out 10 kilowatt (13hp) each at the front as well as a 150 kilowatt (200 horsepower) motor for the rear wheels. All that power combined with a vehicle weight of 1,080kg is a recipe for a rocket, that can run silent at times thanks to the electric motors.
The Supra HV-R uses energy regeneration to recharge a specially designed high capacity capacitor with a quick charging system instead of normal rechargeable batteries to keep up with a race’s repeated full-on acceleration and deceleration..
More pictures after the jump.