A new trademark filing may have confirmed the name of Toyota's Le Mans hypercar.
During the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, Toyota gave us a sneak preview of one of its most exciting cars in a long time: the GR Super Sport. Presented as a prototype, the GR Super Sport road car will be based on Toyota's new racecar that will compete in the new Le Mans Hypercar Class. While the original concept unveiled back in 2018 was called the Toyota GR Super Sport, the name of the final production car hasn't been confirmed yet - but a new trademark filing submitted by Toyota may provide us with a new clue.
Submitted to the European Union Intellectual Property Office on September 23, a trademark for the name "GR 010" has been filed by Toyota for use on "automobiles and structural parts thereof."
No other details are provided, but there's a good chance it's connected to the Japanese automaker's new Le Mans hypercar.
Toyota has previously used the TS 010 name for a Group C race car that raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race during the 1990s, so the trademark name seems to match the automaker's naming conventions of its racing prototypes. It isn't clear, however, if the trademark name refers to the new Le Mans racer or the road-going hypercar variant. To comply with homologation regulations, Toyota will be required to build at least 20 road-legal versions of the new Le Mans hypercar, so we wouldn't be surprised if it retains the GR 010 name in some form, with GR referring to Toyota's Gazoo Racing division, also responsible for the new Toyota GR Supra.
Toyota also called its road-going version of the GT-One racing prototype the "TS020," so the GR 010 would continue this naming convention. When it enters production, the new hypercar will be one of the most extreme road cars Toyota has ever produced. While the original GR Super Sport concept was powered by an electrified twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 engine generating a combined 986 hp, a recent report claims the production version will pack a 2.4-liter, twin-turbo V6 "Competition" engine and three electric motors producing around 1,400 hp combined, enabling the hypercar to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds.
We should find out more about Toyota's new Aston Martin Valkyrie rival soon, as an "advanced concept" will reportedly be shown next month.