2016 Toyota Mirai Review –

The Toyota Mirai is a quiet, comfortable and very inexpensive vehicle to operate. There is a long list of various standard equipment that comes with it as well. The instant torque of the electric motor means it offers plenty of punch for overtaking. However, it is still quite difficult to recommend purchasing one, since there are very few filling stations available that will meet the specific circumstances for buyers to be able to run one of these vehicles. Even then they will pay dearly for the privilege. At this time, we simply cannot recommend purchasing one. However, we do applaud Toyota for offering the future in 2016 to the marketplace.

The Toyota Mirai is among the first of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being offered for sale in the UK. Mirai is the Japanese word for ‘future.’ It is all part of the auto maker’s plan for forging ahead by offering alternative fuels as soon as they can.

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It is hydrogen in this case, which has the great advantage of being available at fuel stations in pressurised form just like diesel or petrol. That means that although an electric motor powers the Mirai, you have the ability to top it up in a couple of minutes just like a regular car. Its range is similar as well, at about 300 miles.

– Is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle really some you can live with?

Electricity is generated by the fuel cell through mixing oxygen and hydrogen and storing it inside the battery. The motor is powered like all of the other Toyota hybrids. What that means is that the only emission coming out of the tailpipe is water. Water is periodically purged from the system. There is even a button located on the dash, for getting rid of it whenever you want to. You just need to be sure it isn’t released right when you get home and are pulling into your garage.

The electric motor offers 335Nm and 152bhp of torque. However, the bulky motor, fuel cell, and batteries result in the car weighing around 1,850kg. This results in a top speed of 111 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds. However, don’t let those figures fool you. The instant torque off of the line means that the Mirai feels plenty fast enough.

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In corners, the weight can be a problem, and the Mirai feels quite hefty there. It isn’t bad at all to drive. However, the hydrogen Toyota is best suited for motorways journeys and town driving rather than on twisting country roads. Its soft suspension does best on a route that is more relaxed.

Up front, the centre console unit, dashboard and steering wheel all feel like they are built well. However, the small buttons and touch interface are fiddly to use while on the move. We prefer to have an interface that is more logical. However, it’s quite a small niggle in all honesty.

That said, the biggest problem for Mirai comes when its rivals are considered. Nearly every car that is about the same size is a lot less expensive to purchase compared to the Toyota, with its £66,000 list price. That is more than twice what a rival car will cost, making any running cost savings practically negligible. If your purchasing decision is focused on the bottom line, then really it is impossible for us to recommend this expensive car to you. However, a proposed (but as yet unconfirmed) Government grant may result in a several thousand pound price reduction.

Even those people who are considering purchasing the car for its green credentials may need to think twice. Most hydrogen fuel is currently produced through using fossil fuels. This makes its claim of water-only coming out of the tailpipe somewhat questionable and you could also ask yourself if how the Toyota will fit into the quality used car market.

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Mike Conway​ Talks 24 Hours of Le Mans

Mike Conway​ Talks 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Le Mans

Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins Saturday 15 June 2019. Hear from Fernando Alonso about the victory last year, and what makes Le Mans such a special race in the motorsport calendar.

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Farewell Fernando | Toyota Gazoo Racing

Farewell Fernando | Toyota Gazoo Racing
At the conclusion of the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship Super Season, Fernando Alonso will leave the Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC team.

In this film, the team and Fernando look back on his time with Toyota Gazoo Racing, where he has not only played a huge part in making Toyota history but cemented himself as one of the greatest drivers in a generation. Farewell, Fernando.

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Farewell Fernando | Toyota Gazoo Racing

Farewell Fernando | Toyota Gazoo Racing
At the conclusion of the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship Super Season, Fernando Alonso will leave the Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC team.

In this film, the team and Fernando look back on his time with Toyota Gazoo Racing, where he has not only played a huge part in making Toyota history but cemented himself as one of the greatest drivers in a generation. Farewell, Fernando.

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How Does the TS050 Hybrid Work?

How Does the TS050 Hybrid Work?
Have you ever wondered what goes on underneath the bodywork of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid as it flies around the track?

The combination of the TS050 Hybrid’s turbo-charged engine and electric motor helps it generate up to 1,000bhp. But did you know the hybrid system inside is surprisingly very similar to the one you will find in every Toyota hybrid on the road?

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Prepare for 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing Prepare for 24 Hours of Le Mans
To win you must first survive.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most gruelling motorsport race on the global calendar.

Toyota knows this more than any other manufacturer, and although their Le Mans curse was finally broken in 2018, a new race brings new challenges for the TS050 and Toyota Gazoo Racing team.

There are no shortcuts, no assumptions. To win the 24 Hours of Le Mans crown again, Toyota must survive. This is how they prepare for every eventuality.

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Ott Tänak wins WRC Rally Portugal 2019

Ott Tänak wins WRC Rally Portugal 2019
Watch Toyota Gazoo Racing and Ott Tänak take top spot in the 2019 Rally de Portugal with a scintillating drive that leaves him within touching distance of the championship lead.

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Kris Meeke | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Kris Meeke | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Our British rally driver, Kris Meeke, swaps his Yaris WRC for the new GR Supra and puts it to the test on Fuji International Speedway alongside a very special passenger – his boss, Tommi Mäkinen. No pressure.

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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Johan Lolos | Toyota Driven

Johan Lolos | Toyota Driven
As a travel photographer, Johan Lolos travels the world to discover and capture natural beauty, as well as to document the different cultures he encounters.

Johan’s career started by taking a chance and by being bold. After his studies in Belgium he bought a one-way ticket to Australia, where he turned his passion for photography into his profession. Today, Johan is one of Europe’s leading travel photographers and a Toyota 4×4 ambassador.

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Kazuki Nakajima | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Kazuki Nakajima | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s finest put Toyota’s finest to the test.

In this episode, Kazuki Nakajima swaps the cockpit of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid for the driving seat of the new GR Supra. The track? Fuji International Speedway.

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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