Toyota’s performance arm, Gazoo Racing, has revealed a new GR Super Sports Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon, a sportscar that incorporates hybrid power technology developed through the Japanese brand’s participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The GR Super Sport Concept is said to share most of its key parts with Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid WEC race car. Beneath its bodywork there is a twin-turbo, direct injection V6 engine and a Toyota Hybrid System – Racing powertrain, both of which have been honed in international racing. And like the LMP1 category TS050, the Concept’s total power output is claimed to be 987 bhp.
Toyota engineers say they see the company’s participation in the WEC as being “highly beneficial” to the development of future hybrid and electrified vehicle systems. Fuel-saving technologies and other insights gained from competing in such a demanding environment are already being fed back into production vehicles.
“Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how gained from racing and rallying into production cars. This is how sporting competition contributes to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s efforts to make ever-better cars,” says boss of Toyota Gazoo Racing, Shigeki Tomoyama. “Thus, this is the starting point for Toyota’s completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars.”
The unveiling of the GR Super Sport Concept comes in the same week as the world debut of Toyota’s contrasting e-Palette Concept at CES 2018.
“Despite the differences between these two concept models, both are electrified vehicles equipped with the latest IT technologies and are set to be safe and environmentally responsible connected cars. Even as electrification and IT technologies accelerate, the availability of different types of cars, including polar opposites such as the GR Super Sport Concept and the e-Palette Concept, means that they will never become a commodity,” adds Tomoyama.