Toyota GR Super Sports Concept - 1000hp Hybrid Hypercar

The GR Supersport concept draws inspiration from Toyota's LMP1 and you can see the exterior which resembles the LMP1 auto.

Race cars have always been a benchmark for most companies especially when it came to sharing technologies with its production cars.

Developed by the Japanese firm's Gazoo Racing division, the concept takes inspiration form the TS050 Hybrid race vehicle familiar with the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Like the front grill, the rear also gets the same honeycomb grill design. And it appears to have been transplanted across undiluted, the Super Sport boasting 1,000bhp from a combination of twin-turbo 2.4-litre V6 and electric motors.

It's a given that manufacturers pump their knowledge gained from motorsports into more focussed road-going cars.

Toyota GR Super Sports Concept - 1000hp Hybrid Hypercar

Toyota has unveiled the future direction of its sports auto fleet, including details of a powerful hybrid drivetrain and racing-derived dynamics. Say hello, then, to the GR Super Sport Concept, a sibling to the TS050 that now competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and certainly not your parents' Camry.

"If the e-Palette Concept is the next generation of the horse-drawn carriage, the GR Super Sport Concept would be the polar opposite as the next-generation racehorse".

The parts overlap between GR Super Sport Concept and TS050 is considerable, the automaker says, and will be instrumental to development of each in future.

"Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars amid various restrictions, and this is how competing contributes to Toyota Gazoo Racing's efforts toward making ever-better cars". However, Toyota says it does give us a taste of what the company aims to achieve with its next-generation sports cars.

Vanessa Coleman