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Toyota confirms GR Super Sport-based production car

by Justin King

The concept borrows its 986-horsepower hybrid powertrain from the TS050 endurance racer.

Toyota Gazoo Racing appears to have confirmed production plans for a supercar based on the GR Super Sport concept.

First unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the GR Super Sport borrows the TS050 endurance racer's 986-horsepower hybrid system with a 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6.

"The development of Toyota's next generation of super sports car has started," the company announced ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. "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."

The Japanese automaker says creating a production car with the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid will greatly contribute to the company's involvement in WEC.

"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," said Gazoo Racing Company head Shigeki Tomoyama.