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Toyota May Build A Mid-Engine Hypercar With 965 Horsepower

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Based on the Gazoo Racing Super Sport Concept.

Toyota is on a mission to reinvigorate its lineup after the company CEO told his employees to stop building boring cars. The plan includes new models from the Gazoo Racing (GR) sub-brand, which offers sportier versions of Toyota vehicles. While Toyota has been turning things around with more interesting vehicles, the most bonkers creation from Gazoo Racing has been the Super Sport Concept: a mid-engine hypercar with 980 horsepower. Toyota has just shown off the concept at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with intent to enter it in the race by 2020.

New regulations from the FIA allow for hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna to compete in a new top class. Which is no doubt why Toyota has begun development on a racing version of the GR Super Sport Concept. The concept is based on Toyota's TS050 Hybrid LMP1 car, and is powered by a 2.4-liter V6 backed by electric motors to produce 987 hp to all-four wheels. For Le Mans, Toyota would have to limit the car slightly to 965 hp. Toyota did not specify if a road-legal version would be built, but the company hinted that a production version could sit above the upcoming Supra in the Gazoo Racing lineup.

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Shigeki Tomoyama, President of Gazoo Racing, said "Competing in the World Endurance Championship, one of the most demanding motorsports series, and racing at Le Mans, one of the most iconic races, helps us to advance the development of our world-leading hybrid electric technology and enables us to transfer the knowledge we gain into our production cars." He went on to mention that "customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance." It may not be officially confirmed, but we can now start up the hype train for a 900-plus hp hypercar from Toyota.