The World Rally Championship kicked off in Trier, West Germany, with the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fueled car, that was used as the Zero car.
Behind the wheel was Mitsuhiro Kunisawa, experienced rally driver and journalist who preceded competitors through the stages.
In order to go rallying, the Mirai had be fit with roll cages, race seats, competition tyres, improved brake pads and WRC decals.
The hydrogen needed to run the car was provided by Toyota Germany, that fills the plastic and carbon fibre tank in just three minutes.
The power train however, that produces 152 bhp and 335 Nm of torque remained unchanged. The car is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 178 km/h.
Yoshikazu Tanaka, the Chief Engineer behind the Mirai, said that his dream is that one day we will see fuel cell vehicles competing in World Rally Championship events, and that dream already looks close!