“We believe these adapted hydrogen-powered Tamiya cars are the first hydrogen fuel cell RC cars in the UK, and they mirror the way full-size vehicles will be powered in the future. It’s been great to see them in action at the model village (Old New Inn Model Village in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire); they performed really well,” said Alistair Brebner from Tamiya UK. “While we are a long way off being able to offer a hydrogen powered RC car for purchase, this challenge has proved that a scaled down and adaptable version of H2 can be a superb energy platform for our cars.”
Since we’ve briefly mentioned the range of the RC car, we will remind you that the real Toyota Mirai can cover up to 400 miles (644 km) on a full tank of hydrogen. Nonetheless, Toyota has actually managed to set a Guinness World Record for such vehicles earlier this year, with a second-generation Mirai that traveled for 845 miles (1,360 km) between refills. The auto firm thus broke the previous record set by Hyundai, which used a Nexo FCV to go from Melbourne, Australia, to the outback, running 551.5 miles (887.5 km).
Toyota is offering the 2021 Mirai in two trim levels, the XLE and Limited, in the United States. Pricing starts at $49,500 and $66,000 respectively, and both of them are offered with a no-cost maintenance plan and free 24-hour roadside assistance. The base variant has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles (647 km), and the more expensive option can travel for 357 miles (575 km) on a single tank of hydrogen.