980-HP Toyota Concept Could Inspire Future Supercar

Toyota Unveils The GR Super Sport Concept

The vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter, twin-turbo, direct injection V-6 engine that produces power in tandem with the THS-R hybrid system, derived from the company's World Endurance Championship entry, the TS050 Hybrid. We already know that Toyota's Gazoo performance division is plotting a new halo sports auto as a successor to the iconic Supra, so it seems possible that it could adopt the Super Sport Concept's hybrid powertrain. "It's been racing at Le Mans with hybrids for five years, and as Gazoo president Shigeki Tomoyama said at the car's unveiling, ".this is the starting point for Toyota's completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars". Acceleration figures haven't been mentioned but as you can imagine, it's not going to be slow. That's been combined with an electrification system of hybrid motors, the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, or THS-R, developed by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.

"Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars", Mr Tomoyama said.

The GR Super Sport Concept's hybrid electric drivetrain packs almost 1,000 horsepower. But given the second paragraph of Toyota's press release for the GR Super Sport says Toyota "aims to refine its cars and people toward the goal of making ever-better cars through participation in motorsport activities", you would have to hope this could be the crowning glory of that idea.

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"More than 100 years have passed since the birth of the automobile", Toyota president Akio Toyoda was quoted as saying in the car's announcement.

So although this insane concept won't be hitting showrooms any time soon, it appears Toyota might be planning to launch a supercar of some kind in the near future.

Under the bodywork is a twin-turbocharged direct injection 2.4-liter V6.

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