TOYOTA AND YAMAHA ARE WORKING ON A HYDROGEN V8. THE ENGINE IS NOT USED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY TO OPERATE A VEHICLE; IT RATHER USES HYDROGEN INSTEAD OF GASOLINE
The 5.0-liter V8 engine will be developed for automobiles and based on the one used by the Lexus RC F coupe.
While all automakers continue their electrification, some continue to explore different paths. This is the case of Toyota, which believes in hydrogen and which is already in the 2nd generation of the Mirai, its sedan equipped with a fuel cell.
However, it seems that the manufacturer is not abandoning the idea of using combustion engines, since it has entrusted Yamaha with the task of developing a V8 that uses hydrogen instead of gasoline.
The engine that serves as a guinea pig is the 5-litre V8 found under the hood of the Lexus RC F, among others. The hydrogen version develops 449 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, according to Yamaha. We are not very far from the 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque of the gasoline variant.
For the moment, the use of this block has not been specified but it may well be found under the hood of a competition car.
Last year, Yamaha also partnered with Toyota to develop a hydrogen engine used in a Corolla Sport 5-door participating in the Japanese Super Taikyu series. The relationship between the two companies goes back even further. Recall that it was Yamaha who had developed the 4.8-liter V10 engine that served the LFA super car.
Remember also that others have already proven that hydrogen could work in a "classic" engine, like Mazda with the Wankel engine, and BMW nearly 20 years ago in an experimental 7 Series.
Hydrogen, electricity, hybridity, and many others. It seems clear that the future will be made up of several solutions.