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Toyota's 'hydrogen engine' car roars through 24-hour enduro

Technology utilizes conventional gasoline engines but faces hurdles to adoption

Toyota's hydrogen-engine sports car is refueled during the Super Taikyu Series in Shizuoka Prefecture. (Photo by Yuki Fukumoto)

NAGOYA, Japan -- A sports car developed by Toyota Motor flew across the finish line to become the first vehicle running on a hydrogen engine, and not merely fuel cells, to complete a 24-hour endurance test.

Toyota entered the Corolla Sport into this year's Super Taikyu Series held Saturday and Sunday in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture, between Tokyo and Nagoya. Unlike most hydrogen-powered vehicles, which employ fuel cells that use hydrogen to generate electricity for motors, this auto ran on a repurposed gasoline internal combustion engine used in the GR Yaris, with some slight modifications.

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