November 14, 2007 Following on from its history making win in the Tokachi 24-Hour Race in July, Toyota’s Supra HV-R hybrid race car has been named Race Engine of The Year 2007 by the editors of Race Engine Technology magazine.

Incorporating three electric motors – two 10kW in-wheel motors in the front plus a 150 kW rear-axle mounted electric motor – and a quick-charging capacitor system in place of the usual rechargeable batteries, the Supra HV-R can efficiently recover a energy during rapid decleration and braking from high speeds with its combination of electric engines and a 4,480cc conventional powerplant delivering 700bhp.

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The Race Engine Technology magazine awards were determined through votes cast by practising race engine professionals across all forms of global motor sport in four categories - Grand Prix; Global Motorsport; North American Race Engine and Alternative Power Race Engine, with one winner for the overall title of Race Engine of the Year.

Toyota Supra HV-R hybrid race car in brief:

  • Engine: Modified (Super GT version 3UZ-FE engine)
  • Engine displacement: 4,480cc
  • Air restrictor: 29.6mm i2
  • Maximum output: 480ps min/6,800rpm
  • Maximum torque: 510 Nm at 5,600rpm
  • Electric motor: Front motor: 10kW i2 (in-wheel motor), Rear motor: 150kW
  • Vehicle weight: 1.080 kg