A pioneer in the fuel cell car segment, Toyota is also exploring the hydrogen-powered vehicle segment. Competing in Japan, the Toyota Corolla H2 is the brand’s first prototype to be equipped with such technology.
During its last participation in Super Taikyu, the Japanese endurance championship, the hydrogen Corolla managed to complete 478 laps of the circuit at an average speed of 90 km/h. This is a major improvement on its 2021 debut where the car completed 358 laps at a speed of 67 km/h.
These figures allow the Toyota vehicle to position itself in 6th place in the classification of the ST-Q category, which this year includes six competing cars that do not comply with specific technical regulations. First place went to the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 which managed to complete 760 laps of the Japanese circuit.
Liquid hydrogen to go further
After the event, Toyota revealed its intention to switch from compressed hydrogen to liquid hydrogen for its next Super Taikyu participations.
This will allow his Corolla to benefit from twice the range. However, Toyota will have to meet a major logistical challenge: managing to store the liquid hydrogen in its car at -253°C.