Toyota is showing off the GR Super Sport Concept this weekend at the Le Mans 24 Hours. While the concept originally made its debut last fall, the big news accompanying this weekend’s debut is that Toyota has confirmed that it’s working on a new super sports car.
The GR Super Sport Concept featured hybrid electric technology expertise that through Toyota gathered through its participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and the Toyota Hybrid System – Racing (THS-R) that generates a combined 1,000 horsepower.
For the new sports car, Toyota will use hybrid electric systems and fuel efficiency technologies that the TGR WEC team have tested and refined during six years of competition in the WEC.
“As the automotive industry is approaching an era of big changes, we will continue our passion for making cars that are truly exciting,” stated Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota Gazoo Racing President. “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.”
“Competing in the World Endurance Championship – one of the most demanding motorsport series – and racing at Le Mans helps us to advance the development of our world-leading hybrid electric technology and enables us to transfer the knowledge we gain to our production cars.”