Anyone who is remotely interested in cars knows that most hybrid systems use some sort of regenerative braking system to recharge the car’s onboard batteries. Just because you know it is happening and can usually even feel it happening, most of us have little to no idea just how much energy is being generated.
Somewhere within the bowels of Toyota, some committee decided that it would be a good idea to put on a show to put the amount of energy created into some sort of context for the masses. Somebody actually came up with the idea “Hey, let’s make breakfast for a bunch of people.”
They set up a weird kitchen laboratory, mounted a dyno in the middle of it and rolled out a Toyota Hybrid Le Mans car. The driver fired it up and then proceeded to race a lap of Le Mans on a giant flat screen. Soon, a bunch of gear that looks like it was stolen from the set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory started kicking out eggs, toast and weak looking java.
When I went to the Tokyo Motor Show a couple of years ago, people warned me that I would experience culture shock in the worst way. To be honest, I found the city to be dead easy to navigate and the language barrier wasn’t really all that bad. Shops and restaurants weren’t all that different from ours. I felt comfortable. Until that is, I came across a Honda booth at the show itself where someone had tried to explain how a hydrogen fuel cell works using a 15 foot tall naked baby taking a pee in the middle of the show floor. That was seriously weird.
And so is this video from Toyota Gazoo racing titled Toyota Barista.