The Japanese hypercar made its public debut shortly before Toyota took the outright race win.
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UPDATE, 6 January 2021: Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced a reveal date for its new-generation Le Mans racer: 15 January 2021.

In a Twitter post, the Japanese performance brand confirmed the Le Mans Hypercar-homologated racing version of the GR Super Sport hypercar will feature a hybrid powertrain, sending 500kW of power to all four wheels.

Lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin tyres will fill the arches, while the racer will tip the scales in at just 1030kg.

However, it remains unclear whether the January 15 debut will be for the road-going GR Super Sport, or its race-bound equivalent – successive tweets teasing the car's stickered red and white livery suggests the latter is more probable.

Alex Misoyannis

21 September 2020: The Toyota GR Super Sport has made its public debut, driving a demonstration lap around the famous Le Mans circuit prior to the famous 24-hour endurance race kicking off on September 19.

First revealed as a concept in 2018, around 20 of the Toyota GR Super Sport hypercars are expected to be produced in accordance with new World Endurance Championship rules for the 2021 season.

While Toyota has been relatively quiet about the hypercar's progress, it's thought to be edging closer to production, with the Japanese car company filing a patent for a front-hinged canopy in August 2020.

The Toyota GR Super Sport uses a hybrid 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 735kW, but few other details are known about the car at this stage.

Toyota Gazoo Racing ended up taking the outright win for the 24-hour race on Sunday – its third straight win in the endurance series.

Toyota dominated motorsports over the weekend, also taking round wins in the British Touring Car Championship and World Rally Championship.

Interestingly, the brand did not refer to the GR Super Sport used in the demonstration lap as a 'concept' as it has in the past, indicating this pre-production prototype will be representative of the road-going car.

Watch the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Ben Zachariah