Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar could have over 1,000 horsepower
Toyota is looking to spice up its lineup and woo sports car enthusiasts with the GR Yaris and GR Supra, but there is so much more to come in the near future. The new GR 86 was unveiled about a month ago, and reports are mounting about a GR Corolla and even a performance version of the Hilux pickup truck. At the top of the Gazoo Racing food chain will be a fully-fledged hypercar.
Scheduled for January 2018 by the GR Super Sport concept, the production version will arrive next year and could be called GR 010. Coach now aims to shed light on Toyota’s flagship sports car, which will have to fight against the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Mercedes-AMG One. The mid-engined machine will adopt a hybrid powertrain and coupe body style, possibly with a canopy opening as one patent suggests.
Even though a road equivalent of the Le Mans Hypercar driver is no longer needed since LMH regulations changed, Toyota is sticking to its original plan to equip the GR Super Sport with a license plate. It is expected to use a 2.4-liter V6 twin-turbo hybrid system adapted from the motorsport division’s previous race car, the TS050 Hybrid.
It is said to have at least 986 horsepower according to the original LMH regulations and the power output advertised for the concept car. Coach claims there is a distinct possibility that the final version will deliver even more oomph thanks to a three-engine hybrid setup. Either way, it will be more powerful than its race car equivalent since the track version will be capped at 670 hp from a 3.0-liter V6 hybrid according to the latest LMH class regulations.
The jury is still out on the asking price and the number of parts that will be manufactured, but with the evolution of regulations, Toyota no longer has to manufacture a minimum of 20 units. Considering the money, time and effort invested in the project, logic tells us that the production run will be larger to build a solid business case for the GR Super Sport / GR 010.
While Toyota is determined to launch a road version of its Le Mans Hypercar race car, other automakers who have announced their participation in the LMH class have yet to commit to offering a road-approved car. We are talking specifically about Peugeot, Porsche, Audi and Ferrari.