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.

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