Toyota's Hypercar Prototype Shown at Le Mans

Toyota GR 2

Toyota showed off its upcoming hybrid hypercar at this past weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

We'll admit it, we almost had forgotten about Toyota's hypercar project, with most of our attention focusing on the upcoming Corolla GR and C-HR GR

Things had been rather quiet when it comes to the Toyota GR Super Sport, with the last bit of info centering around its canopy setup. However, this weekend's running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans gave Toyota a chance to show off one of the prototypes. The appearance comprised a demonstration lap at what looks to be quite near to the limit as well as taking part in the ceremony to return the Le Mans trophy. 

Its the dynamic aspect which we're most interested in. For it to qualify as a hypercar, it will need hypercar performance and the initial specifications look mouth-wateringly good. Using learnings from the current iteration of Toyota's TS050 hybrid endurance racers, we're expecting a hybrid-assisted, mid-mounted 2.4-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Outputs could be as high as 1000 hp / 745 kW. 

Why a hypercar though? The back story to this vehicle's creation stems from the FIA World Endurance Championship regulations which say you will need to build road-going versions in order to qualify for the new hypercar category. Rumours suggest there'll be at least 20 units going on sale with a high price tag to match.

The car looks a lot smaller than what we imagined, with the pictures showing 2 occupants sitting quite close to each other. 

Further Reading

Toyota patents new canopy for hypercar

Toyota's hypercar coming soon

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