The GR Supersport concept draws inspiration from Toyota's LMP1 and you can see the exterior which resembles the LMP1 auto. Billed by the company of having the latest in hybrid racing tech, Toyota claimed it combines performance and efficiency into one. We hope it does, because Toyota has also chose to put to good use its motorsport expertise, with the GR Super Sport concept clearly influenced by the company's experience in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
As the engine has been lifted directly from the TS050 Hybrid, this is certainly just a concept for now. Meanwhile, aerodynamically-designed quarter panels ensure the concept cuts through the wind effortlessly.
Enlarge Image The GR Super Sport Concept's hybrid electric drivetrain packs nearly 1,000 horsepower. Toyota
THE racing arm of Japanese vehicle maker Toyota has been busy, very busy; developing not only a new World Rally Championship contender, but also unveiling its direction for next-generation sports cars.
Many have pondered Toyota's continued involvement in WEC, with its only direct competitors - Audi and Porsche - having withdrawn from the sport. It also has the racer's hybrid drivetrain, made up of 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 and an electric motor which together pumps out 1,000hp, or 986bhp.
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Despite its massive power output, the LMP1-inspired concept auto is built upon making cars more efficient.
"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", Mr Tomoyama said. Interestingly, it gets hybrid tech that's evolved from their participation at the WEC (World Endurance Championship).
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Whatever the concept's precise objective beyond showcasing the ultimate in the team's capability, Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama says the GR SS is "the starting point" for a plan that will see road cars developed off the back of motorsport campaigning. "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".
That, ladies and gentlemen, is where the GR Super Sport Concept comes into play.
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