If there were ever a car that embodies Toyota boss Akio Toyoda’s passion for sports cars, this is surely it.
Say hello to the GR Super Sports Concept, a powerhouse hypercar developed by Toyota’s motorsport arm Gazoo Racing (hence the ‘GR’ in its name).
Looking every bit the Le Mans 24 Hour entrant, the GR Super Sport is driven by a 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 and a set of electric motors to deliver a huge 735kW of power.
No surprise, the concept is inspired by – and looks an awful lot like – the TS050 endurance racer built by the Toyota Gazoo Racing outfit.
Toyota says the GR Super Sport (let’s call it the GR SS) is a hint of the direction its “next generation of sports cars” will take, although it remains to be seen if the company would dare offer a rival to Mercedes-AMG’s 1.6-litre V6, electrified, 740kW Project One.
Whatever the concept’s precise purpose beyond showcasing the ultimate in the team’s capability, Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama says the GR SS is “the starting point” for a plan that will see road cars developed off the back of motorsport campaigning.
Sure is sounding an awful lot like the Project One…
“Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars,” Mr Tomoyama said.
“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.”
Of course, one wonders how much of this concept will be in the new Toyota Supra.
If you’re lucky enough to be there, Toyota will show the GR Super Sport Concept at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon.
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