Toyota and Gazoo Racing have unveiled the GR Super Sport Concept at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.
According to the Japanese automaker, the GR Super Sport Concept is “a concept car that incorporates hybrid technology honed through participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).” The concept features mostly the same main parts found on the TS050 Hybrid race car that competes in the WEC, including the V6 twin-turbo hybrid powertrain. While this isn’t a realistic depiction of a future production car – it lacks headlights and traditional doors after all – Toyota says it hopes the GR Super Sport Concept offers a taste of what the automaker aims to achieve with its next-generation sports cars.
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Unfortunately, not very many details were revealed about the concept, with Toyota focusing on how technologies developed in its motorsports activities help contribute to making better road cars. In other words, Toyota is looking at a future where it develop sports cars from active race cars, and that’s something everyone can appreciate.
It’s unlikely the GR Super Sport Concept previews any sort of production car, but wouldn’t it be interesting if Toyota made a competitor to the Aston Martin Valkyrie?
“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,” said Gazoo Racing Company president, Shigeki Tomoyama in a release. “Thus, this is the starting point for Toyota’s completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars. Although it will be some time before you all have the opportunity to get behind the wheel, I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars.”