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March 17th, 2016

Racing cars generate a lot of power when they accelerate, a known fact that is easy to understand when seeing them accelerate. But it can be a bit tricky to explain to a normal person how much energy the same car makes when brakes are applied. For this very purpose of creating an understanding of how much energy a car generates when braking, Toyota of Japan setup the “Toyota Barista” project.

Toyota Barista

In the video, Toyota had invited everyone to a one-day only café for breakfast. But instead, of finding waiters and the Maitre De, people find a rather strange arrangement of crockery and raw materials that were connected to a complex system of machines. And things get even stranger when Toyoto’s Le Mans contending prototype hybrid racing car, teh TS040 is brought to the scene and is set atop a dyno. As the driver laps around a simulation of the circuit of Le Mans and brakes for corners, the raw food that was setup with complicated gadgetry starts to boil and cool, showcasing the power of the car’s high-performance hybrid system and the amount of energy it can generate.

Click the link below to watch the Toyota Le Mans prototype cook food for 171 people using only regenerative braking. While the expressions on the face of the people in the cafe are not quite write, the whole purpose of this experiment is to showcase the generous amount of energy that can be produced and utilised only from braking. For vehicles that are to come in the near future, the concept of regenerative braking is a very important one. While manufacturers like Tesla and other have adopted this technology in their cars, there still needs to be vast improvements in its application, which would in turn result in better range electric and hybrid vehicles.

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