Toyota reveals mega GR Super Sport Concept supercar

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 by

shakes up the world with the launch of Gazoo Racing performance sub-brand and the mind-bending 1,000-horsepower GR Super Sport

toyota gr super sport concept

In supercar-dom the term ‘racecar for the road’ is a tattered old cliché. And now, Toyota, of all carmakers, has literally delivered on that promise. It recently launched its new performance brand, Gazoo Racing with the Yaris GRMN hot hatch, and now the puryevor of beige cars has revealed a supercar at the that’s anything but. It’s quite possibly the most focused supercar yet an it’s called the Toyota GR Super Sport Concept. And it is in reality a racecar repurposed for the road and it employs the petrol-electric powertrain of Toyota’s Le Mans racecar.

toyota gr super sport concept

The powertrain comes from Toyota’s World Endurance Championship racer and boasts 1,000bhp courtesy of a twin-turbo 2.4-litre V6 and electric motors. Even the aerodynamic aid carry over almost unaltered from the racecar.

toyota gr super sport concept

Details are scant, but the ideology behind the car is devilishy simple. Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama explains: “Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how gained from racing and rallying into production cars.

toyota gr super sport concept

“This is how sporting competition contributes to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s efforts to make ever-better cars,” he adds.

There is no word on performance figures, but given the amount of sabre-rattling currently occurring in the supercar world, it would be safe to assume, they will be eye-widening. Power will likely be transmitted to the rear wheels via a sequential transmission, and given what the LFA was like, Toyota’s previous tentative step in the world of supercars, we have rather massive expectations from the Toyota GR Super Sports Concept. Now, please Toyota let this be real. The Mercedes-AMG Project One needs a rival.

toyota gr super sport concept

In the meantime, feast your eyes on what could potentially be a serious threat to established supercar manufacturers, and let us know what you think in the handy comments box below.

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