Recently, Toyota and Subaru unveiled their respective versions of a new sportscar that the two companies actually developed together. The Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S & Subaru BRZ are small, simple, and loads of fun. So the recent announcement that Toyota is partnering with BMW, makes us all tingly inside.
With Toyota’s only supercar, the Lexus LFA, reaching the end of its lifecycle. Could a partner with such impressive sporting credentials as BMW, be helping Toyota to develop the LFA’s replacement? We’d like to think so. But odds are, the BMW/Toyota partnership will lead to advanced componentry, rather than a road-gobbling supercar.
Details of the new partnership are a bit vague, but the BMW press department confirmed that the new couple would be developing a fuel cell, ‘powertrain electrification’, and new ‘lightweighting technologies’. They also said that the two companies would share “joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle”.
Cross your fingers (and toes)…