The company made an official statement.
On March 8, a hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Corolla racing prototype caught fire during tests at Fuji Speedway. On March 18, he was supposed to participate in the race, but they did not have time to fix him.
The company officially stated that the fire was not caused by the fact that hydrogen is used as fuel, but by a design miscalculation. One of the connections of the tubes through which it is supplied was too close to the engine, and when the fasteners were loosened, fuel leaked, which caught fire. After completion, the tests will continue. In what condition the car is now, not reported.
This prototype is not Toyota’s first hydrogen race car. But it differs from the previous ones by using liquid hydrogen instead of gaseous. In this case, the tanks are more compact and capacious, but they have to maintain a temperature of minus 253 degrees Celsius.
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