Toyota Gazoo Racing revealed the GR Super Sport Concept at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Concept debuted at the Tokyo Auto Salon at the beginning of the year, the next-generation hyper car uses hybrid electric technology developed through Toyota’s affiliation with the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Using the advanced hybrid electric systems and fuel efficiency technologies that the WEC team tested and refined during its six years of competition in the series, Toyota has started development of a new super sports car. The GR Super Sport Concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine affiliated with the Toyota Hybrid System–Racing (THS-R). Like the Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car, this powertrain delivers 1,000hp.
Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota Gazoo Racing president, said: “Competing in the World Endurance Championship – one of the most demanding motorsport series – and racing at Le Mans helps us to advance the development of our world-leading hybrid electric technology and enables us to transfer the knowledge we gain to our production cars.”
“As the automotive industry is approaching an era of big changes, we will continue our passion for making cars that are truly exciting. No matter how electronics and digital technology will continue to transform vehicles, we will make sure that our cars will not become just another commodity,” he continued.”
“We started this project because we believe that creating a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid greatly adds to Toyota’s involvement in the WEC. And at some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance.”
Visitors to the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans can see the GR Super Sport Concept in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Fan Village.