Toyota has confirmed it is developing of a road-going of its GR Super Sport Concept.
The sleek concept, which was initially shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in January this year, uses drivetrain tech from the Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid racer which, just a couple of days ago, won outright at Le Mans and brought Toyota its first win at the 24-Hour race.
The GR Super Sport, which forms the basis of this upcoming road-going hypercar, features the same 735kW twin-turbo V6 Hybrid system as the Le Mans-winning racer.
With new 'hypercar' rules coming into play for the next season of the WEC, it means we may see a version of this car hit the track in the near future.
The fact a road-legal version of the concept may surface had been very subtly teased by Toyota back when it was revealed, with Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama saying people might ‘get behind the wheel’.
"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," Tomoyama said at the Tokyo Motor Show.
"Although it will be some time before you all have the opportunity to get behind the wheel, 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."
Tomoyama now says the company’s participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship and specifically at Le Mans has ‘helped Toyota advance the development of its hybrid technology’.
"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 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.”
Stay tuned as we find out more about Toyota’s plans for this wild concept.
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