‘Mr. Bean’ gets to grips with Toyota hydrogen car

Often he drives audiences to exasperation and hysterics, showing less-than-accomplished handling with his trademark yellow Mini – but Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson showed he has a cool head when it comes to hydrogen.

Four years ago, his distinctive car made some characteristically sharp manoeuvres at Goodwood, past some altogether more pristine-looking Union-Jack-decked models, but this time around Atkinson’s handling was more assured as he checked out Toyota Gazoo Racing cars on display at the Festival of Speed – including the hydrogen-powered GR Yaris H2, making its festival debut.

Toyota wants to demonstrate that the carbon neutral hydrogen combustion engine technology is developing can maintain the speed, sound and feel of high-performance motorsports for drivers and spectators alike.

Unveiled by Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Akio Toyoda at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, this hydrogen-engine prototype has been developed with future competition in its sights, notably a future top H2 category at the legendary endurance race. It is on static display at the festival, together with the GR010 HYBRID.

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