1000 horsepower Toyota GR Super Sport Concept unleashed

1000 horsepower Toyota GR Super Sport Concept unleashed

Yep, while Mercedes shoehorns F1 engines into supercars, Toyota's doing the same with a World Endurance Championship drivetrain.

It's no secret that Toyota's engineers are busy cooking up a spiritual descendant of the dearly-departed Supra sports auto, but rumours that ToMoCo's neo-Supra may be marketed under Toyota's nascent Gazoo sub-brand are definitely a surprise. That's hypercar-rivaling performance, which is something new for Toyota.

Keeping the rear grounded comes courtesy of a large wing.


"This is the starting point for Toyota's completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars", declared Shigeki Tomoyama of Gazoo Racing. But given the second paragraph of Toyota's press release for the GR Super Sport says Toyota "aims to refine its cars and people toward the goal of making ever-better cars through participation in motorsport activities", you would have to hope this could be the crowning glory of that idea. Combined with the Toyota Hybrid System - Racing, the concept generates a total of 1000 PS. Keeping the GR Super Sport Concept on the road are massive 330/710 tires wrapped in 18-inch alloy wheels.

Last year, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda said that as the auto industry approaches times of tremendous change he is "strongly determined to make sure that cars will be fun for the next 100 years" One small step towards that honorable goal would be Toyota turning its World Endurance Championship TS050 race vehicle into a road-going halo machine. That's thanks to a twin-turbo direct-injection 2.4-liter V6 and the race-spec electric motors of Toyota's hybrid system. And while the GR Super Sport might be a little way off, there is the next Supra to look forward to in the more immediate future.

"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.

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