Toyota GR Super Sport Hypercar Prototype at Le Mans
This year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was all about Toyota. Again. For the third year in a row, the Japanese brand took the checkered flag during the famous French endurance race. But Toyota didn’t just make the news for winning the race. In fact, the company made sure to steal the show just before the Green Flag fell by publicly showing off a mule prototype of its upcoming hypercar, the GR Super Sport.
It wasn’t a static display either, as the camouflaged low-slung car circled the Sarthe circuit. As you might expect, the GR Super Sport appears to take many of its design cues from the Le Mans-winning TS050. Bulging front and rear fenders, a sharp schnoz with space for a suitable Toyota badge, a wide front splitter and a large rear spoiler give the gasoline-electric hybrid hypercar an unmistakably racy look.
Toyota notes that the GR Super Sport mule on display at Le Mans is “[customized] as a convertible, “leading us to believe that the production model will sport a formal roof (as the GR Super Sport concept envisioned). If the driving position of Alex Wurz, who piloted the car around Le Mans, is quite acceptable, cabin headroom will certainly be limited, with the over six-foot-tall Austrian pilot’s helmet visibly reaching the top of the Super Sport’s windshield head.
While Toyota has kept key details on the upcoming hypercar’s powertrain, the company is expected to put under the body-hugging body of the GR Super Sport. We expect production GR Super Sport to debut ahead of next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with sales and deliveries expected to begin shortly thereafter. It remains to be seen whether the road racing car will officially sell in the United States.