Toyota unveils GR Super Sport Concept vehicle


Interestingly, it gets hybrid tech that's evolved from their participation at the WEC (World Endurance Championship).

Toyota just publicly flexed its muscles at the automotive fraternity by showcasing its 999bhp GR Super Sport concept vehicle at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Due to be shown in full at the Tokyo Auto Salon next week, the GR Super Sport Concept is set to shift Toyota's performance potential into a different paradigm.

Whatever the concept's precise objective beyond showcasing the ultimate in the team's capability, Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama says the GR SS is "the starting point" for a plan that will see road cars developed off the back of motorsport campaigning. In fact, most of the main parts used in building the GR Super Sport Concept was sourced from the TS050 racecar. "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".

Toyota Unveils The GR Super Sport Concept
Toyota presents the GR Super Sport concept at Tokyo Auto Salon 2018

"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", says Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama. "Its appeal is more personal, like that of a much-loved horse to its owner". While that's the job of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team and its TS050 Hybrid race cars, the company has always claimed it is using lessons learned in racing to develop better cars - especially performance cars.

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.

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.