How many cylinders do you hear firing?
The United States may not receive many of Gazoo Racing's models, but the 2021 Toyota GR Supra provided a small taste of what the Japanese automaker's motorsports division is capable of. In just four more days, Gazoo Racing will reveal its most exciting model yet; a mid-engined model built for the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations. That racing series requires Toyota to produce 20 road-legal variants as part of the homologation requirements, meaning there will also be a version that customers can buy for around $1 million.
Gazoo Racing has already teased some of the racing car's specs, including a 670 horsepower output, 2,270-pound curb weight, and minor details of its four-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain. And now a new teaser gives us a taste of the hypercar's engine. You're going to want to put on headphones for this one.
The teaser includes the caption, "Volume up. Here comes your first chance to listen to the symphony of the 680 hp Hypercar engine. How many cylinders can you hear?"
Though the car is not visible during the teaser, hearing the engine rev up a few times is an excellent preview. Rumors suggest the road-going version of the hypercar will use a 2.4-liter Competition V6 paired with three electric motors to produce 1,400 horsepower. Based on this short teaser, we believe the racing version will also use a V6 engine.
Customers who buy the road-going variant will likely receive a car that's more powerful than its racing variant, as the LMH regulations limit output to 671 hp. It's unclear what name Gazoo Racing will give its race car, but Toyota previously filed a trademark for the name GR 010, possibly to use on the road car. The hypercar will debut in racing guise on Friday, January 15, 2021, and the road-legal variant should be revealed later this year.