Toyota teases hard-core GR Super Sport hypercar
Japanese car giant to unveil hypercar that could rival McLaren Senna…
Next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, which will be held between January 12 and 14, will see a brand new hypercar concept unveiled that’s inspired by the World Endurance Championship efforts of Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Known as the GR Super Sport Concept, the hard-core hypercar will have super aggressive aerodynamics and is likely to feature a hybrid powertrain.
While details are still few and far between, Toyota says the concept is designed to prove how “technological feedback acquired through motorsports activities is incorporated” into real-world products. This in itself suggests the hypercar could be powered by the same twin-turbo 2.4-litre V6 and 8 megajoule hybrid system Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid WEC endurance racer.
In terms of power, the TS050 creates an incredible 735kW. So, if that’s anything to go by, the GR Super Sport Concept could be very interesting indeed.
The GR Super Sport features motorsport-inspired aero that includes a shark fin engine cover and an enormous fixed rear wing. If it ever sees production, it would likely rival cars like the forthcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and the Ford GT – which is essentially a Le Mans racer for the road.
More details about the GR Super Sport will almost certainly be revealed as the Tokyo Auto Salon edges closer, including more teaser images. Right now, we know that fast Gazoo Racing versions of Toyota’s 86 coupe, Yaris and Vitz GRMN will be displayed alongside the GR Super Sport in Tokyo – the latter of which is a 150-unit limited edition car exclusive for the JDM.
It’s hardly surprising that Toyota is looking to cash in on its massive investment in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). After all, its rivals Porsche and Audi have withdrawn from the race series, which makes Toyota the sole works team in LMP1 racing.