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Toyota drops GR Super Sport Concept, a race auto for the road

Toyota drops GR Super Sport Concept, a race auto for the road Toyota drops GR Super Sport Concept, a race auto for the road
Emmett Howard | 12 January, 2018, 14:53

The newly revealed concept is composed of mostly the same main parts as the TS050 Hybrid, reflecting Toyota GAZOO Racing's aim to ensure that technologies and know-how acquired in motorsport are fed back into new production vehicles.

Named after the firm's Gazoo Racing team, the GR Super Sport Concept bears a clear resemblance to Toyota's TS050, reports Auto Express, and is powered by the same 2.4-litre twin-turbo hybrid V6 engine that took last year's race vehicle to a record-breaking lap around the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit. Beneath the beautifully flowing and original form are a V6 twin turbocharger and a Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) powertrain, which have been honed through actual racing. According to Toyota, it has its origin in World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing and that it was purpose-built in making ever better cars. Billed by the company of having the latest in hybrid racing tech, Toyota claimed it combines performance and efficiency into one.

Although the race-bred supercar is, strictly speaking, still a concept auto and may never see the light of day as a production vehicle for that matter, the Japanese carmaker insists that the concept gives us a good idea of where it is heading with its future road-going sports cars. We do have some hopes - Toyota president Akio Toyoda has given hints the company will do a production hybrid supercar in the future.

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Featuring a high-efficiency EV system and lean-burn engine, the Toyota GR Super Sport Concept previews a next-generation super sports vehicle "set to deliver both ultimate power and environmental performance", according to the press release.

Here are the available specs for the GR Super Sports Concept. Its appeal is more personal, like that of a much-loved horse to its owner.

"Even as electrification and IT technologies accelerate, the availability of different types of cars, including polar opposite models like the GR Super Sport Concept and the e-Palette Concept, means that they will never become a commodity". In a motoring world which will soon be enriched by the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG Project One, it's certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.

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