Last year, German automaker BMW had teamed up with Toyota, to share hybrid vehicle technologies and announced their partnership for building sports car. Now they have announced that the first car to come of the partnership, is tipped to be the replacement for the BMW Z4. Toyota’s share out of this would be a spiritual successor to the 'Supra'.
The jointly-developedsports car will sport a front-engine-AWD (all-wheel drive) layout with a supercapacitor hybrid system derived from Toyota's Le Mans LMP1 racer. Toyota seems to be in charge of this new plug-in hybrid system, which will feature supercapacitors to store kinetic energy for short bursts of performance boost. Supercapacitors were chosen for their ability because they are able to store and discharge energy faster than batteries.
Motive power will be sourced from a BMW-developed 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine working together with electric motors. A sequential manual gearbox is likely to be used, while the electronics system will be developed by Toyota and would offer torque-vectoring capabilities.
This is a rendering of the BMW's version, which is most likely to replace the Z4, whereas its Toyota's offering will serve as a spiritual successor to the company's Supra. Both of them are rumored to come out sometime in 2017, although nothing official has been announced.