Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota We’d venture to guess that in recent years, there have probably been almost as many rumors swirling about a Toyota Supra successor than there have been for a mid-engine Corvette. (Case in point: the speculative renderings we came across a few years ago, pictured above.) While we don’t expect the Corvette’s recipe to change drastically any time soon, it looks like a Supra – or more appropriately a Supra-like car – could be closer than we think. First, there was an announcement of a BMW-Toyota joint venture . Said venture would, among other things, “Set up a feasibility study to define a joint platform concept for a mid-size sports vehicle.” Upping chances even further, a new Automotive News report claims that incoming Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada wants a vehicle “comparable” to the Supra. Clearly there are a lot of parties that want a new Supra to happen – to say nothing of enthusiasts – but Uchiyamada might be just the guy to get it done. None of this is proof positive of an impending Supra, to be sure, but winds do seem favorable. Incoming Toyota chairman wants a Supra successor originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , BMW , Toyota , Electric Back in June , Toyota and BMW announced a “memorandum of understanding” outlining plans for the two companies to join forces on future products and technology development. On Thursday, they signed a more formal and binding agreement that goes further into detail about the partnership, and it all sounds pretty exciting. The two announced they will work together in four main areas: Joint development of a fuel cell system “Set up a feasibility study to define a joint platform concept for a mid-size sports vehicle” Focus on lightweight technology – the agreement mentions reinforced composites that could be used in the aforementioned sports vehicle Better batteries – the companies will work to develop a lithium-air battery with a much greater energy density than today’s cells. The most intriguing item is the mention of a “mid-size sports vehicle.” The vague term had us wondering what, exactly, is meant by “sports vehicle,” but we’re being assured this feasibility study is centered on a sports car. Is this the first step toward a Supra revival? Despite our fervor for all things sports car, however, fuel cell research could prove to be the pact’s most important point. Both companies have built advanced fuel research vehicles, with Toyota favoring fuel cells and BMW leaning toward hydrogen-powered , internal combustion. The press release specifically lists fuel cell stacks, hydrogen tanks, motors and batteries as areas of interest. If the two can eventually bring a fuel-cell vehicle to market at an affordable price point, it would be huge news, although there’s always the problem of infrastructure to support such cars. BMW and Toyota’s new deal can’t solve everything though, right?