Toyota to release race car for the road as new hypercar makes its debut – first look

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Toyota’s new GR Super Sport hypercar made its first public appearance at the weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in a visually stunning red and black camouflage design. This was the first glimpse of the new model which is set to make its race debut next year before a production run will be released shortly after.

The car will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine alongside a 1,000hp powertrain similarly used in the firm’s iconic TS050 race car which has won Le Mans three times.

The 2,400cc engine will ensure the model packs a punch while an ergonomically designed bodywork will add style to the road.

Former race driver Alex Wurz got behind the wheel of the new model on the demonstration lap and has already revealed the model has potential for “incredible performance”.

He compared the model to the team’s former TS050 car but warned this was only a “small taste” of what the car may soon be capable of.

He said: “This was my first time to drive the car, so a demonstration lap doesn’t allow me to push the limits but I could already feel that the GR Super Sport has the potential for incredible performance.

“I could feel the similarities between the GR Super Sport and the TS050 HYBRID in terms of performance, particularly the four-wheel drive and the hybrid system.

“But the engineers tell me this was only a small taste of the GR Super Sport’s true performance so I am super excited to drive it again one day in the near future.”

Speaking back in 2018 when the concept model was first released, Shigeki Tomoyama, then Toyota Gazoo Racing President, revealed customers would soon have the chance to enjoy the “incredible machine”.

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He said: “As the automotive industry is approaching an era of big changes, we will continue our passion for making cars that are truly exciting.

“No matter how electronics and digital technology will continue to transform vehicles, we will make sure that our cars will not become just another commodity.”

“We started this project because we believe that creating a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid greatly adds to Toyota’s involvement in the WEC.

“And at some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance.”

At the end of 2018, the FIA decided that entrants to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) race series and Le Mans would need to provide a minimum of 25 production models.

These would need to be fitted with the same combustion engine and energy recovery systems of the race car.

The rules say these would need to be produced by the end of the manufacturers’ first season with the new package,

With Toyota already confirming the hypercar will make its debut in the 2021 WEC season, production models could follow by the end of next year.

The model is also a direct competitor to other hypercars set to hit the road within the next couple of years.

These include the stunning Aston Martin Valkyrie project and a Gordon Murray designed T50 which is styled similarly to a McLaren P1.

Peugeot has also announced its intention to enter the WEC with a new hypercar from 2022 which means road models could soon follow.

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