You look at Mercedes-Benz and it has the Project One, Aston Martin and Red Bull have the Valkyrie and now Toyota has something which it derives from its expertise at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Making its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 today, the GR Super Sport Concept is the latest example of Toyota promising to take racing-honed technology and apply it to production cars. Toyota has also hinted that this concept uses a fair amount of the same components which means that we are essentially looking at a road-legal hybrid sports vehicle. However, Toyota says it does give us a taste of what the company aims to achieve with its next-generation sports cars.
Those include a 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine and Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) powertrain that deliver a combined 1,000 metric horsepower (735 kW).
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The parts overlap between GR Super Sport Concept and TS050 is considerable, the automaker says, and will be instrumental to development of each in future.
"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. It's called the GR Super Sport and for the time being it's officially only a concept. "Its appeal is more personal, like that of a much-loved horse to its owner". It was developed by Toyota's Gazoo Racing division, and draws plenty of inspiration from the TS050 Hybrid World Endurance Championship race auto.
The team's turbocharged Yaris WRC cars have better aerodynamic balance and upgraded engine cooling, while the driver line-up now includes Estonia's two-time WRC event victor Ott Tänak, who joins Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi.
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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.
Team principal Tommi Mäkinen said the team is ready to build on its pleasing first season.
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