Toyota, BMW to explore joint sports car project

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Toyota Sports X


Tie-up includes lightweight

Automotive News

February 4, — 12:01 am ET

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG outlined specifics of their tie-up, saying they begin a feasibility study to a joint platform concept for a sports vehicle. They aim to the study by year end.

also said they cooperate in developing lightweight Those likely will carbon-fiber materials, for use in the shared car platform. BMW has been an automotive in development and use of carbon-fiber materials.

Separately, Toyota showed a sports sedan with a made of carbon-fiber material.

areas where Toyota and BMW they would cooperate, as of an agreement unveiled in 2011, joint development of a hydrogen cell system by 2020 and into next-generation lithium-based

Toyota and BMW will team in a new generation of batteries with energy density than the ion batteries now used in hybrid and cars. They cited batteries as the new chemistry to be explored.

Toyota‘s concept unveiled last month at the Auto Salon, Japan’s of the Specialty Equipment Market equipment and tuner show, Toyota‘s latest at using carbon fiber, the retirement of the Lexus LFA sports

This time, the carbon-fiber carries the Toyota badge, not The carbon-fiber roof was shown on a version of the Japan-market Toyota X sedan.

It is a strong hint at how Toyota to use more of the ultralight, superstrong throughout its lineup.

Toyota Sports X

The Mark X is just below the Camry. A G’s sports version of the X was introduced in October. Toyota that car’s roof a carbon-fiber one for the SEMA-like show.

The shaves 13 pounds from the X and lowers the center of gravity by a of an inch, in the interest of making the car

Toyota won’t say whether the fiber-roofed Mark X will production. Doing so would be the first use of the pricey material of the $375,000 Lexus LFA.

The LFA a body that was 65 percent material and 35 percent aluminum, by Using those lightweight helped Toyota pump up the top speed to 202 mph.

After a two-year limited-edition run of 500 the final LFA came off the line on 14.

With the end of LFA production, Toyota is for new ways to use the in-house carbon-fiber it opened inside its Motomachi plant complex in Toyota Aside from making parts for the LFA, the carbon-fiber remains largely idle.

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