This is going to be insane when goes into production.
Right now, Toyota is on a mission to prove it isn't boring. The Japanese automaker recently launched the all-new 2020 GR Supra sports car, but this won't be Toyota's range-topping model for very long. We're talking about the upcoming GR Super Sport hypercar, which Toyota recently announced will race alongside the Aston Martin Valkyrie in the FIA's new hypercar class as part of the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship season. And because homologation rules require Le Mans cars to be closely related to their road car counterparts, there's also going to be a road-going version. Yes, that means Toyota is entering the hypercar segment, and we couldn't be happier.
The GR Super Sport hypercar has already been previewed by a concept car unveiled last year, and now Gazoo Racing has released a new video of a prototype being put through its paces at the Fuji race track with none other than Toyota CEO and President, Akio Toyoda, behind the wheel.
Heavy layers of camouflage are covering the exterior, but the design appears to be inspired by vintage Group C racing cars. Compared to the concept, the GR Super Sport prototype lacks any top-exit dual exhausts and also appears to feature a roof scoop.
We also get a brief look inside the prototype's stripped-out interior featuring lots of carbon fiber. There's also a screen on the center console for the rearview camera and another one below it providing data. There's seating for two as well as a fully digital driver's display with shift lights on top of it and a steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara with mounted shift pedals located behind it.
If the specifications are anything like the crazy concept car, we can expect the GR Super Sport hypercar to utilize a mid-mounted twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 and a race-derived hybrid system to produce a combined output of 986 horsepower.