Toyota Unveils The GR Super Sport Concept

Toyota Unveils The GR Super Sport Concept

Yep, while Mercedes shoehorns F1 engines into supercars, Toyota's doing the same with a World Endurance Championship drivetrain. It's called the GR Super Sport Concept, and it uses the petrol-electric powertrain of Toyota's Le Mans racecar. That's hypercar-rivaling performance, which is something new for Toyota. However, equally important is the concept car's value as a signpost of where Toyota sees the future of motoring. The front is dominated by a large spoiler and low-slung grill that are both painted black.

Keeping the rear grounded comes courtesy of a large wing. "I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars". It was developed by Toyota's Gazoo Racing division, and draws plenty of inspiration from the TS050 Hybrid World Endurance Championship race auto.

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Named after the firm's Gazoo Racing team, the GR Super Sport Concept bears a clear resemblance to Toyota's TS050, reports Auto Express, and is powered by the same 2.4-litre twin-turbo hybrid V6 engine that took last year's race vehicle to a record-breaking lap around the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit. And while the GR Super Sport might be a little way off, there is the next Supra to look forward to in the more immediate future. But company president Akio Toyoda has been on a much-publicized quest to infuse the company's products with passion and driving engagement, and you can't get much more passionate and engaged than this GR Super Sport Concept, which was just unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Shigeki Tomoyama President, Gazoo Racing Company said, "Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars amid various restrictions, and this is how competing contributes to Toyota Gazoo Racing's efforts toward making ever-better cars".

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