TOYOTA GAZOO Racing unveiled the GR Super Sport Concept, a concept car that incorporates hybrid technology honed through participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), along with its test car, to the world today at Tokyo Auto Salon 2018.
Toyota won’t go so far as to say that the GR Super Sport Concept is a Toyota TS050 LMP1 is a street legal prototype in the same mold as the Porsche GT1, but is predominantly manufactured from the same main parts as the TS050 Hybrid race car
The WEC is evaluating road car style designs for a possible future LMP1 class – a move that has been driven by a push to revive dwindling manufacturer interest in the P1 division. A move that Toyota technical director Pascal Vasselon agrees with.
“Clearly the direction [of the rules] is towards GT-looking cars, something we feel is positive and it’s giving momentum to the category,” said Vasselon.
“It’s true that with standard LMP1 cars, not visually identifiable, there were not many manufacturers interested.
“When you start talking about sportscar-looking prototypes, then it seems there is a lot of interest. There is a positive momentum at the moment.”
Toyota’s continued participation in the WEC is seen as a highly beneficial and necessary project in terms of developing cutting-edge hybrid systems and electrified vehicle (EV) systems. Fuel economy-enhancing technologies and other developments gained through such tough technological competitions are already being fed back into production vehicles.
Beneath the beautifully flowing and original form are a V6 twin turbocharger and a Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) powertrain, which have been honed through actual racing. With its high-efficiency EV system and lean-burn engine, this next-generation super sports car is set to deliver both ultimate power and environmental performance.
GR Super Sport Concept
PowertrainEngine typetwin-turbo direct injection V6 engine
PowerCombined power735kW/1000ps (Engine + Hybrid Motors)
Hybrid systemToyota Hybrid System – Racing (THS-R)