Toyota Gazoo GR Super Sport Concept due in Tokyo next month
Race-influenced model will showcase tech grown from Toyota’s Le Mans racing programme
The car, previewed in a single image that shows a racer-like silhouette, is expected to be a supercar featuring a hybrid powertrain, like the team’s World Endurance Championship TS050 Hybrid.
That car mates a 2.4-litre V6 petrol engine with electric power to drive all four wheels with a combined 987bhp. The lengthy rear section of the concept suggests it could borrow this drivetrain, mounting the engine just behind the passengers. It also looks like the aerodynamic design will take influence from the LMP1 racer.
Although only a concept, the GR Super Sport continues to signal the hunger for Toyota’s performance arm to produce more high performance cars for the road. The newly launched division will introduce its hotly anticipated Supra next year. It will become a halo car, following the recently revealed Yaris GRMN, which kick-started the brand in Britain.
Toyota Gazoo is also bringing an 86 GR (based on the GT86) and Vitz GRMN, which is a limited-run Japan-only hot hatch, to Tokyo. The division will show cars that have competed in the World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship and also national rallies and races – emphasising its competition roots.
Source: Autocar Online