Over the weekend, Toyota demonstrated Mirai‘s abilities as an amateur racer, from Formula One to a rural British hill climb meeting.
With water coming out of its tailpipes thanks to the hydrogen fuel cell system and Monaco’s Prince Albert II behind the wheel, the Mirai was demonstrated on a lap of honor around the Monte Carlo circuit, in the opening of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, at Gurston Down in Wiltshire, Toyota’s FCV made its motorsport debut locally, competing in a hill climb speed trial. Sporting a mirror-chrome full body wrap, the car was driven by journalist David Finlay, who recorded a best time of 44.44 seconds over the 0.6-mile (1 km) course, with an average speed of 62.5 mph (100.58 km/h).
Toyota Mirai is already offered for sale in select European markets since late 2015, and will arrive in North America this year. It has a single tank of hydrogen, which can be filled in just a few minutes, providing a driving range of around 500 km (310 miles). Accelerating from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 9.6 seconds and top speed stands at 178 km/h (110 mph).
Toyota Mirai at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb from ToyotaGB on Vimeo.