Lexus Studying High-Performance Hybrids

Lexus LF-LC in Motion

Lexus is studying high-performance hybrids for inclusion in the F brand lineup — from Motoring Australia:

However, F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi told motoring.com.au that the sub brand’s high performance and circuit driving requirements meant hybrid technology still had issues.

“In order to put the hybrid on track they need a little more development as far as track driving,” Yaguchi explained via an interpreter.

“If we use the current configuration hybrid we will drain the battery so fast we will need to have a capacitor to generate the electricity fast.”

There is a possible solution to the problem — the Toyota Le Mans TS040 Hybrid race car is equipped with super-capacitors that can generate and release electricity quickly:

“We are currently studying the application,” Yaguchi confirmed. “We are studying the data coming from the TS040 and we can’t say it will never make it into a production car.

“But obviously we will have to further develop the technology to apply to a production unit.”

[Source: Motoring Australia Photo: Road & Track]