Toyota presents GR Super Sport Concept, a preview of future production hybrid supercar!

Article by Christian A., on January 15, 2018

Automakers that have teamed up with Formula 1, like Mercedes-AMG, develop the coolest road-going supercars just like the Project One. Aston Martin and Red Bull, on the other hand, have their own Valkyrie supercar. Well, it seems like Toyota is next in line, as they bank on their expertise in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to develop what they call the GR Super Sport. This may just be a concept for now, however, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s president, expressed his intentions towards developing a production hybrid supercar.

So what can we expect from the GR Super Sport Concept? First of all, it seems like it was inspired by Toyota’s LMP1 models, not just when looking at it from the outside, but also when studying what’s under the hood. The automaker even confirms this by saying that it was built very similarly as the TS050 Hybrid, so we could consider it to be the perfect race car for the road.

Under the hood of this concept is a 2.4 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is paired with a battery considering the fact that it is a hybrid model. Overall, it can produce as much as 986 horsepower (735 kilowatts) when speaking of output, or should I say 1,000 PS. The GR Super Sport Concept sits on a set of 18 inch wheels, wrapped in matching 330/710 R18 tires. It comes with two exhaust tips mounted up in the back where the rear window can usually be found. This concept does not have side mirrors of conventional glass, but instead, gets a pair of cameras for the driver to see what’s behind. Two more cameras that look like they are floating can also be found on the front fenders.

The front end of the concept gets massive splitters, while the rear comes with an equally large diffuser. The GR Super Sport highlights aerodynamic efficiency which is enhanced by the wide rear wing. As for the suspension, it sits very low, making it look like it is sitting on the road. For a road car, we would say that its side air vents are huge.

Now, the question everyone is asking now is whether or not this model will actually be produced for the public. The Japanese automaker answered by saying that it will take a while for us to be able to get behind the wheel of this car - so that’s an indefinite answer. However, this concept is here to give us an idea of what we can expect from the next generation models. While there’s nothing official yet, it could be that the GR Super Sport will have a road-legal version sometime soon.

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