Toyota Showcases Its Future Hypercar At Le Mans Victory Celebration

Toyota has a lot to celebrate at Le Mans this year. With its main rivals now out of the picture, it finally bagged overall victory. And it’s marking the occasion not only by showcasing its GR Super Sport concept, but confirming that development is under way.

First revealed earlier this year at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Toyota GR Super Sport is as close to a (conceptual) Le Mans racer for the road as any we’ve ever seen. It packs a twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain derived from the one in the victorious TS050 Hybrid LMP1 racer, kicking out a combined 1,000 horsepower in a low-slung and sleek form.

Now on display at the site of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Japanese automaker confirms that “development of Toyota’s next generation of super sports car has started. It takes the cutting-edge hybrid electric systems and fuel economy technology that the TGR WEC team has tested and refined during the past six years in WEC, and showcases them in one superb package.”

Although stopping short of outright confirmation that the concept as seen will be put into production, the announcement bodes well for both the future Japanese supercar and its next Le Mans challenger. The FIA and ACO recently announced plans to replace the current LMP1 formula with a new set of street-based hypercars – a program to which Toyota, among others, has voiced support.

Once development is complete and production gets underway, Toyota’s new supercar (or hypercar) will be the first it will have offered since production of the Lexus LFA came to an end in 2012. That, of course, took the form of a super-GT with a naturally aspirated, unassisted 4.8-liter V10 mounted in the front. The GR Super Sport, meanwhile, is a mid-engined hybrid – closer in concept to LaFerrari than the 599 to which the LFA was often compared.

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  • PK

    it’s ugly!!!!

  • D3X

    ugh.. where’s the goddamn picture of the front of the car?

  • DMax

    I love these crazy race cars for the road, like the Mercedes CLK GTR and Porsche 911 GT1. I’m looking forward to 2020 with the new GT1 like Lemans class, it should be amazing.

    • Well it won’t be a GT1 type of cars, don’t expect grids full of supercars, It’s more like DPi.

      • DMax

        I know, but those old GT1s weren’t exactly supercars either. Just something that looks closer to road cars, Merc and Porsche just happened to build a few examples for the road. I think Nissan also built a couple of R390s but Toyota never built GTOnes as far as I know. It looks like the new class will focus more on the looks so that the cars don’t look cookie cutter like now, and keeping the costs down, opening doors for new manufacturers.

        • Mercedes and Porsche build 25 examples as homologation dictate, Nissan build 1 (or 2) R390 and Toyota build 2 (1 in Germany and 1 in Japan).

          And yeah I wouldn’t be hoping too much like hypercar for Le Mans thing. Since a lot of details are sketchy.

  • Autoexperte

    good looking

  • Bash

    Good that they won, otherwise this would be a shame and embarrassing.

  • Thunderbolt

    Let’s get the Supra out the door 1st, then we can talk Hyper car

  • SteersUright

    Edit, didnt realize that isnt the race car. Absolutely love it. It isnt beautiful and could certainly use some better detailing, but love the idea of a super high performance mid-engine Toyota!

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