GR Super Sport: Toyota confirms development of hybrid hypercar

Since debuting the concept in 2017, Toyota Gazoo Racing has continued to release tantalising information about the future arrival of the most exciting Toyota hybrid to date – the GR Super Sport.

Following its appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018, Toyota is delighted to be able to confirm that both road and race versions of the GR Super Sport concept will be produced. Both versions are undergoing final design and development at the company’s technical centres in Japan and Germany, and Toyota has promised to be present on the grid when this next-generation race car makes its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) debut.

As part of an integrated development process initiated by motorsport, the GR Super Sport hypercar uses hybrid electric technology honed through Toyota’s participation in the WEC. Beneath its flowing, original bodywork, the car is powered by a twin-turbocharged, direct injection V6 engine allied to the Toyota Hybrid System – Racing (THS-R). And just like the Toyota TS050 Hybrid race car that has donated much of this powertrain, it also 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.”

Track testing of the new race car, the name of which will be revealed at a later date, will begin soon, in preparation for an anticipated debut in the 2021 WEC. Further details of the GR Super Sport road car will be issued by Toyota Gazoo Racing in due course.

GR Super Sport Concept – technical specifications:

POWERTRAIN 
Engine Twin-turbo, direct injection V6 
Engine capacity (cc) 2,400 
Max. system power  (engine + hybrid motors, DIN hp/bhp/kW) 1,000/986/735 
Hybrid system Toyota Hybrid System – Racing (THS-R) 
WHEELS & TYRES 
Wheel size (front and rear)  18 x 13J 
Tyre size (front and rear) 330/710R18 

GR Super Sport concept: bonus images

2 comments

  1. I’m a customer. How much should I ask my bank manager to prepare? …

    Y’know how other brands expect a customer to have bought other models previously to the halo-purchase? Well, I have owned a 1978 Hilux ute with tray-sides and 200,000 klms, my brother had a 1973 Corolla with 150,000klms, and I have a Scion FR-S. Does that qualify me to own this? Please?

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      The GR Super Sport Concept is still in development and the price has not been determined, but we’d love to see you behind the wheel.
      Thanks.

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