THE racing arm of Japanese vehicle maker Toyota has been busy, very busy; developing not only a new World Rally Championship contender, but also unveiling its direction for next-generation sports cars. That's thanks to a twin-turbo direct-injection 2.4-liter V6 and the race-spec electric motors of Toyota's hybrid system.
Developed by the Japanese firm's Gazoo Racing division, the concept takes inspiration form the TS050 Hybrid race vehicle familiar with the World Endurance Championship (WEC). It was developed by Toyota's Gazoo Racing division, and draws plenty of inspiration from the TS050 Hybrid World Endurance Championship race auto.
But while the new GR Super Sport Concept appears to be channeling a similar vibe, Toyota's built this thing because it wants to. Say hello, then, to the GR Super Sport Concept, a sibling to the TS050 that now competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and certainly not your parents' Camry.
"This is how sporting competition contributes to Toyota Gazoo Racing's efforts to make ever-better cars". "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". At CES, the company presented the e-Palette Concept, which is basically an automated living room.
GAZOO Racing Company president Shigeki Tomoyama said the concept was the starting point for a broader plan to develop sports cars from race cars, which suggests this project could be separate from the Supra altogether.
The team's turbocharged Yaris WRC cars have better aerodynamic balance and upgraded engine cooling, while the driver line-up now includes Estonia's two-time WRC event victor Ott Tänak, who joins Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi.
Toyota has launched a new performance brand, Gazoo Racing, via the Yaris GRMN hot hatch.
Think Toyota hybrids and it might be earnest but less than soul-stirring cars like the Prius that come to mind, but the automaker is betting a 986 HP electrified supercar will change your mind.