Toyota’s Gazoo Racing efficiency subsidiary has unveiled its Le Mans-derived GR Super Sport Concept at this yr’s Tokyo Auto Salon, with virtually 1,000bhp on faucet.
The undeniable white GR Super Sport Concept seems to had been at once lifted from Toyota’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) programme. It options the similar 986bhp engine because the Toyota TS050 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype – a 2.Four-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.
Gazoo Racing claims the Super Sport Concept provides “both ultimate power and environmental performance” because of the engine utilized in Toyota’s LMP1 programme all the way through the 2016 and 2017 WEC campaigns. It used to be the similar unit that helped the TS050 Hybrid blitz the Le Mans lap document remaining yr.
Design-wise the GR Super Sport Concept seems very a lot find it irresistible belongs at the get started grid of the Le Mans 24 Hours, with it’s hugely flared wheel arches, massive rear wing and shark fin above the rear engine quilt. It’s additionally been fitted with race-derived 18-inch wheels and slick Bridgestone tyres.
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The GR Super Sports is without a doubt an idea for now for the reason that it runs on slick tyres and an engine taken at once from a racing automobile, however the Japanese producer hinted at a imaginable limited-production unlock. Gazoo president Shigeki Tomoyama mentioned: “This is the starting point for Toyota's completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars.”
It’s no longer the primary time Toyota had concepts for a manufacturing Le Mans racer. In 1998, when Toyota ran the GT-One (TS020) Le Mans Prototype, they created a road-going idea with a watch on development a handful of manufacturing fashions.
Only two prototypes have been homologated for avenue use, certainly one of which may also be discovered at Toyota Motorsport’s headquarters in Germany. Should Toyota make a decision to deliver the brand new GR Super Sport Concept into manufacturing, it is going to most definitely be in very restricted numbers.
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986bhp Toyota GR Super Sport Concept unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon