Toyota and BMW officially join forces for sports car

Toyota & BMW logos
Toyota & BMW logos

Lithium-air batteries and new lightweight materials as well

Toyota and BMW have officially confirmed they plan on co-developing a new sports car.

Aside from working on this interesting project, both parties have agreed to jointly develop a fuel cell system for cars by 2020. The agreement was made official today, following last year's tie-up announcement. They will also work together in developing lightweight technologies and conduct research into next-gen lithium-based batteries.

Toyota and BMW will develop a feasibility study to create the support for a mid-sized sports car, aiming to finish the study by late 2013. They will also focus on reinforced composites and carbon fiber materials which will be used not only for the sports car but also for their own models.

The co-developed hydrogen fuel cell tech will have an emphasis on hydrogen tanks, fuel cell stacks, motors and batteries. In addition, both of them will study what has to be done to prepare the infrastructure for rolling out hydrogen-fueled cars. Also part of the plan is to research lithium-air batteries.

Source: Toyota & BMW via autonews.com

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eddie eddie
BMW is way ahead in carbon fiber type tech for just about any car part for mass production. Toyota makes the best hybrid drivetrains and supposedly has had major leaps in Fuel Cells. Fuel cells are the ultimate EV as long as you supply oxygen and water you have a forever battery that makes water and electricity.
Jan 25th, 2013 3:57am
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eddie eddie
That is a powerful combination. Watch out everyone else! Awhile back GM was trying to work out a deal with BMW engines to try to get GM up to speed but I guess it fell thru.
Jan 25th, 2013 3:54am
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Garais877 Garais877
beter if they start working together on car for 2014 LeMans 24h so we have more fun on that big day....
Jan 24th, 2013 7:37pm
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
Germans and Japanese teaming up on something... when have I heard that before?
Jan 24th, 2013 5:00pm
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Nice one
Jan 25th, 2013 10:29am
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MutantSushi MutantSushi
good one, klan buddy!
Jan 25th, 2013 11:05am
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CDspeed CDspeed
Why bother with hydrogen when they're going to work on lithium-air batteries? Lithium-air batteries are supposed to have shorter charging times and far longer ranges. I've read that lithium-air batteries would allow electric cars to have driving ranges equal to the gasoline cars we drive now. And I still don't like the idea of having a hydrogen tank pressurized to 8,000 PSI riding around with me.
Jan 24th, 2013 4:15pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
Jan 24th, 2013 4:23pm
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motorfan28 motorfan28
You may have forgotten that hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. Also it will be a far cleaner fuel than having to produce batteries which leave a much larger carbon footprint.
Jan 24th, 2013 5:39pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
@ motorfan28, and you may have forgot the massive amount of energy it takes to produce hydrogen. It's not as green as you think, plus batteries are recyclable. Achieving smaller carbon footprints for anything almost needs to be done through refinement in following generations, and electric cars are much closer then the nearly nonexistent hydrogen car.
Jan 24th, 2013 6:21pm
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MutantSushi MutantSushi
hydrogen cracking from h20 has been demonstrated using solar power with organic-biological processes/catalysts
Jan 25th, 2013 11:04am
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CDspeed CDspeed
@MutantSushi, and that demonstration led to what? Was it inexpensive and easy to scale up for global production like the well established electrical infrastructure?
Jan 25th, 2013 6:30pm
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duppy mowt duppy mowt
I wonder will it be a BMW or Toyota or will they have their own version of each like the BRZ-86...
Jan 24th, 2013 3:26pm
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memexe memexe
I think this is a more tech. development project than a specifically car development. Even that a real car is born after this, it will be a jointly presented concept. I`m not seeing a production car with a combination of their totally different styling language combined together. That will dilute their branding into a totally new one and we know that both companies are conservative when it comes to branding(which keeps the fanbase).It's just not the same thing as "Toyobaru" was, not feeling it the same way....
Jan 24th, 2013 4:26pm
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Bozzor Bozzor
All this is showing is...the reality of what is about to happen. You have the Chinese soon to flood the market with cars that, whilst initially not being much of a threat, will improve in quality far faster than rising in costs, and even established players like BMW and Toyota will need to team up to spread costs around. The car business is a brutal game now: huge R&D costs (something like the new MB S class is over EUR 1.5 billion I believe), tough competition, thin margins, and any recalls can push out the breakeven point. Oh...and an economy that still is touch and go. They have to do this to get a half decent return for investors.
Jan 24th, 2013 3:03pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
A highly logical decision. If BMW can inject some injection into this sports car project and Toyota some hybrid tech and reliability, then the world will see something special. The TRD department of Toyota needs to come alive by virtue of seeing what BMW's M outfit are all about; the new M3 just broke cover for example.
Jan 24th, 2013 2:43pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
This project is going to have a huge fan base, combining Japanese performance car enthusiasts with BMW fans! Can't wait to see what they come up with.
Jan 24th, 2013 2:32pm
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JC.Euro JC.Euro
I will put it differently, German performance with Japanese reliability. BMW is known for B.M.Trouble-U or Bring Your Wallet!
Jan 24th, 2013 9:46pm
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I guess one needs some advice on how to put excitement behind its steering wheel and the other needs some advice on battery tech. Good news, the last time Toyota trusted Subaru, a nice car was born. We hope the outcome will be the same in this union.
Jan 24th, 2013 2:09pm
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