Toyota Gazoo Racing has pulled the covers off its Le Mans endurance hypercar: the GR010.
Powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 producing 500kW, drive is sent through a transverse seven-speed sequential manual transmission, passing through a mechanical locking differential to the rear wheels.
This is coupled with an electrified hybrid system, adding another 200kW to the front axle, and thereby making the Gazoo Racing machine all-wheel-drive.
The powertrain will likely filter down to other Toyota production cars – albeit in a detuned form – with rumours a version of the V6 powerplant will make its way into the upcoming LandCruiser 300 Series, spotted for the first time this week.
Toyota says the new GR010 is heavily based on the outgoing TS050 racing car, which won the last two seasons of the WEC, but has been redesigned under the championship's new 'hypercar' rules. The new car is heavier, less powerful, and with revised bodywork compared to its predecessor – but closer to the future road-going version of the vehicle, which was teased in 2020.
"The new regulations are designed to showcase road-relevant technology in WEC whilst also delivering a top-level, attractive spectacle," Technical Director Pascal Vasselon said.
"We are looking forward to welcoming new competitors and being part of an exciting future for endurance racing with our GR010 Hybrid."
Toyota trademarked the GR010 name back in September 2020, shortly after the vehicle made its public debut.
A month prior, Toyota patented an articulated canopy design – a front-hinged cabin, which could make its way to the production car.
Toyota has yet to indicate when the road-going version of the GR010 will be fully unveiled – expected to be dubbed GR Super Sport – but all indicators suggest the model is edging closer to a production reality.