The arrival of this concept also implies a renewed commitment from Toyota to the World Endurance Championship despite the departure of Audi and Porsche.
Toyota just publicly flexed its muscles at the automotive fraternity by showcasing its 999bhp GR Super Sport concept vehicle at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon. Billed by the company of having the latest in hybrid racing tech, Toyota claimed it combines performance and efficiency into one.
If this is any indication of what Toyota's future supercars and sports cars will be like, count us in.
The GR Supersport concept draws inspiration from Toyota's LMP1 and you can see the exterior which resembles the LMP1 vehicle.
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As Tomoyama notes, "The objective is not just to win races, but to contribute to developing world-leading hybrid technology and EV systems".
Those include a 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine and Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) powertrain that deliver a combined 1,000 metric horsepower (735 kW).
Whether the auto teased in this solitary photo is the same as the long-awaited Supra co-developed with BMW is yet to be seen, but Toyota says the new GR Super Sport Concept "reveals the direction for next-generation sports cars".
Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama said: "This is the starting point for Toyota's completely new challenge to develop sportscars from active race cars". The product resulting from the GR Super Sport Concept experiment would be the opposite of that, and Toyota believes that the possibility of offering "polar opposite models" will mean that we should never get bored with its products. 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 amid various restrictions, and this is how competing contributes to Toyota Gazoo Racing's efforts toward making ever-better cars".