Despite not needing as much as was originally thought, Toyota is making this an epic halo car.
We're still waiting for the official name of Toyota's new roadgoing hypercar, but for the purposes of this article, we shall call it by its supposed name: the GR Super Sport. It's Toyota's take on an Aston Martin Valkyrie, a road-legal hypercar that is based on a Le Mans racer. With Toyota aiming to improve its image when it comes to performance cars, this new hybrid racer is critical to the brand's perception as a leading automaker but based on everything we know so far, we think that Toyota won't have much trouble convincing the world that it knows what it's doing with its new Gazoo Racing flagship.
Originally, the range-topping GR Super Sport was meant to be an homologation special for the new Le Mans Hypercar class, but regulations for this series have changed and manufacturers no longer need to worry about building a road-legal car for their racers to be based on. Despite this, Toyota is making sure that the project goes ahead and will make a road-legal version of the race car, essentially doing things back-to-front. The road car is thus expected to be based on the GR010 Hybrid racer's predecessor, the LMP1-class TS050 Hybrid. Details haven't been divulged about the finer details of the powertrain but Toyota promises at least 986 horsepower for the GR Super Sport.
The GR010 Hybrid will have a different powertrain, but the styling of that race car is expected to preview that of the GR Super Sport when it finally reaches production. The car will be a coupe but may feature a canopy opening rather than doors for entry and exit, and we expect that at least 20 examples of the car will be made. If you want to have a say in how the car turns out, Toyota has a survey open that suggests an interest in the input of its customers but also suggests that the car will be made available to a very exclusive group of enthusiasts. Whatever happens, we're just glad that Toyota is still trying to get back its performance car mojo.