Toyota confirms hypercar production

TOYOTA has confirmed it has started development of a road-going super sports car based on the GR Super Sport Concept it revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon in January, and featuring the same technology as its Le Mans-winning Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid race car.

The announcement coincided with the Japanese car maker’s historic first ever win in the iconic 24 hours of Le Mans World Endurance Championship race in France, with GAZOO Racing Company president Shigeki Tomoyama confirming the details.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The GR Super Sport Concept, and the production car, are likely to feature the same 735kW (1000hp) twin-turbo V6 Toyota Hybrid System – Racing (THS-R) drive train as the TS050 race car.

Beneath the sleek white bodywork, the GR Super Sport Concept shares many of its components with the TS050 race car reflecting the aim to ensure that technologies and know-how acquired in motor sport are fed back into new production vehicles.

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