It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything significant about Toyota’s next hybrid hypercar, the GR Super Sport. The latest news we heard was about a patent filing for the supposed canopy of a Toyota vehicle, which led many to believe that work was still definitely in the works. Well, it looks like we won’t have to dig any deeper since Toyota itself publicly revealed the GR Super Sport for the first time at the opening of the 88th Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe. Led by former Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Alex Wurz, participation in the GR Super Sport consisted of a demo lap and a participation ceremony to hand in the Le Mans trophy for this year’s race.
If anything, the appearance at Le Mans is appropriate, especially for a hybrid hypercar based on the hit Toyota TS050 hybrid race car. Toyota’s TS050 hybrid race car debuted in 2016 at Le Mans, giving Toyota its first win and setting the fastest lap in history and the current race lap record. In June 2018, it was announced that the GR Super Sport would go into production, using a mid-mounted, hybrid-assisted 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 producing a claimed output of 986 hp (735 kilowatts). Expect at least 20 road versions of the hypercar to be produced in order to comply with new FIA World Endurance Championship regulations, and would essentially be the Japanese brand’s halo car.
We can say that the GR Super Sport was almost forgotten thanks to the buzz created at the time by the next Toyota Supra. Track testing had started and has been going on for several years since its announcement, but it’s great to finally see the GR Super Sport in action in a form that is close to production.
Expect hypercar pricing as well, with some estimates hitting the million dollar mark. Of course, it will be limited in number and will feature more track-oriented design features, such as a vertical spoiler and no rear window.