Looks like the Aston Martin Valkyrie is getting some tough competition from Toyota.
During last weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, Toyota presented a road-going prototype of the upcoming GR Super Sports hypercar. Serving as the brand's belated halo car, the hypercar will be based on Toyota's new race car that will compete in the new Le Mans Hypercar Class next year. While the original concept unveiled back in 2018 was powered by an electrified twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 engine generating a combined 986 hp, The Supercar Blog claims the production model will be considerably more powerful.
According to the publication's sources, the road-going GR Super Sport hypercar will be powered by a 2.4-liter, twin-turbo V6 "Competition" engine paired with three electric motors.
It isn't known how these motors will be positioned in the car, but the combined output will reportedly be around 1,400 hp, which would make it over 400 hp more powerful than the original concept. This also means it could hit 0-62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
If these rumors are true, the Koenigsegg Jesko, Aston Martin Valkyrie, and Mercedes-AMG One will be getting some tough new competition from Toyota. We may not have to wait very long for Toyota's new hypercar to break cover either, as an "advanced concept" version of the GR Super Sport road car will reportedly be revealed as early as next month previewing the production car.
To comply with Le Mans Hypercar Class homologation regulations, Toyota will need to build at least 20 road-legal versions of the GR Super Sport.
As for the design, recent patent filings suggest occupants will access the GR Super Sport's cabin using an unusual canopy-like door and roof mechanism that swings up and is held in place using special latches, allowing owners to make a dramatic entrance. Because regular doors would be too conventional for a racing-inspired 1,400-hp hypercar. After the concept debuts next month, the first customer deliveries of the Toyota GR Super Sport are expected to start in 2022.