Bloomberg provided the 'story' we'll fill in the gaps. A relative fluff piece that confirms yet again the two companies are working on something, together, somewhere. Cool story right.
While the analysis is vapid there are dots hiding between the lines looking for a connection. For example lets start here:
Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, needs sports cars “to put that energy back into the brand,”
Europe Executive Vice President Karl Schlicht said last month at the Paris Motor Show when asked about the cooperation with BMW, which this year started selling the racy $135,700 i8 plug-in hybrid.
In January, Toyota showed the FT-1 coupe concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The company said the rear-wheel-drive sports car’s design drew from past models including the Supra, 2000GT and Celica.
In addition to the sports car, Toyota and the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles are cooperating on research into fuel cells, lightweight technology and lithium-air batteries.
The two companies agreed to work together on lithium-ion batteries in 2012. Both companies declined to comment further on the new sports cars.
Coincidence that this all appears in succession, coincidence that research and sports car are sold as separate projects not once but twice? That's purposeful misdirection if you ask me.
Primary reports on BMW's side of the garage are pointing to a Z4 successor to share its architecture with the FT-1 Supra. Do you know what the primary reports are pointing to, hybrid technology. Early stories say that BMW will provide the 2.0T ICE and Toyota will bring super capacitor hybrid technology.
The conventional engine will be paired with Toyota’s latest ‘super conductor hybrid’ technology
, making the flagship sports car a plug-in hybrid delivering upwards of 260kW. This car incorporates a motor-generator mounted on the front axle, along with one in the rear. The two units scavenge energy by applying braking force during deceleration to generate current that it sends to a super-capacitor.
The super-capacitor then reverses that flow of power during acceleration, boosting the performance of the internal combustion engine’s power delivery.
The electric motors will be designed by Toyota but built by BMW, and both cars have a target weight of less than 1400kg.
Interestingly the BMW side is claiming both projects will hit showrooms for 2017