Toyota unveils Le Mans racer-based supercar conceptby Ben Hsu
Toyota's new performance sub-brand unleashes an unexpected sports hybrid.
Toyota has unveiled a supercar based on its latest Le Mans race cars. The Gazoo Racing Super Sport Concept was unveiled today at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
Marketed under Toyota's Gazoo Racing sub-brand, the Super Sport Concept is a two-seater sports car with the powertrain of a Toyota TS050 endurance racer. That means under the sleek bodywork, there's a twin-turbo, direct-injection, 2.4-liter V6 mated to a hybrid-electric system with a combined 986 horsepower. Beyond the detail of 18-inch wheels, further details remain sparse.
"This is the starting point for Toyota's completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars,” Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama said. Shockingly, he seemed to imply that there will be a drivable version in the future. "Although it will be some time before you all have the opportunity to get behind the wheel, I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars.”
Gazoo Racing was launched last September as a performance-focused sub-brand available only in Japan for now. Other cars in its lineup include a supercharged 205-horsepower Yaris hatchback based on a rally car, as well as existing cars in the Toyota lineup modified with stiffer suspensions and aero accessories.
The Tokyo Auto Salon is Japan's premiere showcase of aftermarket performance parts, and runs January 12 through 14.