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.

– Best electric cars currently on sale

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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This is Spinal Track | A Rally Experience with a Difference

This is Spinal Track | A Rally Experience with a Difference
The UK’s first rally experience designed specifically for disabled drivers has been launched. The new Spinal Track Rally Experience will offer participants the opportunity to drive a modified Toyota GT86 on a gravel rally stage.

Find out more about Spinal Track on the Toyota GB Blog: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/disabled-drivers-rally-toyota-gt86s

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Kyle Busch | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

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

In this episode, go onboard with NASCAR driver Kyle Busch as he finds out what the Toyota GR Supra offers on the track.

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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Energy Observer | Toyota Driven

Energy Observer | Toyota Driven
This is the story of Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, team members of the Energy Observer. Pioneers in environmentally friendly sea transport. Innovators. Idealists.

What drives them to go on an odyssey for the future, aboard the first hydrogen vessel? How do they draw energy from nature, without damaging it? Why do they dream of a different future? How do they want to change the world on a big scale? And why do they find it so symbolic to moor in Venice?

⬇ Discover the Driven series ⬇

Driven: A documentary series about the people, not the cars

This series is not about Toyota cars. Driven is a story about the people who drive our cars. And more importantly: it is about what drives them. It is a story about their direction in life rather than their destination. We are not selling you a car. We are showing you a dream. We are telling you a story and hopefully taking you along the road. Where are you heading?

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Energy Observer | Toyota Driven

Energy Observer | Toyota Driven
This is the story of Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, team members of the Energy Observer. Pioneers in environmentally friendly sea transport. Innovators. Idealists.

What drives them to go on an odyssey for the future, aboard the first hydrogen vessel? How do they draw energy from nature, without damaging it? Why do they dream of a different future? How do they want to change the world on a big scale? And why do they find it so symbolic to moor in Venice?

⬇ Discover the Driven series ⬇

Driven: A documentary series about the people, not the cars

This series is not about Toyota cars. Driven is a story about the people who drive our cars. And more importantly: it is about what drives them. It is a story about their direction in life rather than their destination. We are not selling you a car. We are showing you a dream. We are telling you a story and hopefully taking you along the road. Where are you heading?

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Mike Conway | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

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

In this episode Mike Conway, Toyota TS050 driver and the sole Brit in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s World Endurance Championship, gets to grips with the Toyota GR Supra.

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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Toyota GR Supra | Akio Toyoda’s Personal Story


Akio Toyoda would not be the man he is today were it not for the Toyota Supra.

The President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation became a master driver behind the wheel of a Supra A80, and in this film he shares his experience of meeting an old friend, reborn for a new generation of future master drivers.

As Akio himself says: "I think we need a Supra story again."

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Lead by Example | Toyota Camry

Lead by Example | Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry returns to the UK, packed with Toyota’s self-charging hybrid technology.

The eighth-generation Camry features a head-turning exterior and interior design, all built upon the fun-to-drive-focused Toyota New Global Architecture.

Find out more about the new Toyota Camry here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/camry/camry-hybrid-2019

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Toyota Parallel Pomeroy Trophy 2019 – Gallery

Back in February, Silverstone played home to the first ever Toyota Parallel Pomeroy Trophy, a Toyota specific competition run alongside the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Pomeroy Trophy.

The event consisted of some autotest style trials, the Pomeroy’s famous suitcase check (where MR2s did have a slight handicap) and some parade laps of the entire Silverstone track. As the event was open to all Toyotas a wide range entered, right from humble Aygos and Avensis’ to Celica GT-Fours and club member Eddie Bellringer’s Crown.

The club’s press officer Malcolm has provided a small gallery of pictures below, along with a video of the event produced by Toyota GB.

We hope the event grows and carries on in the future as a different way of getting Toyota owners together from all over the country and who knows, perhaps even the world.

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Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show 2019 – Gallery

The Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show is a great show held in March every year at the NEC. While not the biggest show on the calendar, it presents a focus on the preservation of older cars, with live work going on on most stands on a really diverse range of cars ranging from cars waiting to begin restoration right up to those just freshly finished, and a great mix inbetween.

This year the club had been given space for a huge 6 car stand right next to the live stage.

Some sporty Corollas from over the years, with an MR2 sneaking in the background line the front of the stand.

As mentioned above, contrary to many shows working on a car live is actively encouraged – and on our stand we had Sam Taylor’s TA22 Celica being worked on over the weekend, including removing the world’s most stubborn driver’s side sill.

As mentioned above, attempts being made to remove a sill that steadfastly refused to part with the rest of the car. There was a lot of hammer usage.

Other cars on the stand included some Toyota greats from over the years:

There were Toyotas dotted around the rest of the show too, including club member Sammie-Jo Webster’s lovely original Starlet GT Turbo over on the pride of ownership stand.

A full show gallery can be found below – apologies if your internet takes a little while to load this, it is definitely worth the wait.

As always, thanks go out to the club members for showing their cars on the stand and keeping it running over the weekend, and to all those that came over to speak to us and ask about the cars.

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Tom in 60 Seconds – Brands Hatch Indy

Tom in 60 Seconds - Brands Hatch Indy
After 30 years, the Toyota Corolla is set to return to the British Touring Car Championship.

The new season kicks off at Brands Hatch, where Tom Ingram will be hoping to replicate his past success and give the new Corolla a winning start.

Want to know what challenges he faces? In this film, Tom gives us a preview of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

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