Toyota dropped some major fire before the Tokyo Auto Salon and is pretty much going to make a Toyota GT-One successor dubbed the GR Super Sports Concept.
The Tokyo Auto Salon is just a month away and car manufacturers are already teasing what they’re going to be showcasing. According to Toyota in an official press release they dropped earlier today (Dec. 15,2017) it looks like they’re going to be unveiling a road-going version of its TS050 Hybrid race car that they use in the World Endurance Championship, the same car that literally almost won the 24 Hours of LeMans but two years ago. And if this teaser image has anything to say on the matter, it looks downright sexy! Check out that image for yourself below.
Toyota is big into racing and is really pushing a active lifestyle when it comes to the excitement of their cars. It’s no secret that Toyota will be one of the only top returning manufacturers in LMP1 for next year and they’ll be using the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon as a showcase of their race car engineering prowess. Also in attendance, before we get into the prototype, will be their 2018 WEC entry.
Toyota has dubbed this concept the Gazoo Racing Super Sports Concept and from its silhouette, it takes heavily from Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid. Just look at the TS050 below! The similarities are uncanny.
20 years ago, Toyota unveiled their Toyota GT-One concept which was a road going version of their LMGTP car. Underneath the engine cover was a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V8 good for 600 HP and 479 lb-ft all in a body that weighed 2,030 pounds. Although the top speed was limited to 236 MPH, the turbos could propel this GT-One to 263 MPH.
If this Super Sports Concept were actually built, taking specs from the TS050, it would most certainly be a hybrid. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 and a high-powered lithium-ion battery, the combined power rating peaks somewhere around 986 HP.
This Super Sports Concept will be an absolute riot, probably only have a handful made, and will be super expensive.
But the fact that this thing exists is a testament to Toyota’s commitment to injecting some life into the brand. Bravo, Toyota!