Toyota has huge strategies to put its Le Mans-winning innovation on the road, accompanying the upcoming intro of the new top “hypercar” classification in the FIA World Endurance Champion (WEC). Its Toyota Gazoo Racing subdivision introduced the GR Super Sport Concept at the Tokyo Automobile Beauty salon in 2015, and now the team has actually launched a video showing the cars and truck out on the track.
The concept at the tuning exhibition was merely a mockup, but the company did assure a production version eventually. So it’s good to see that development has actually progressed to the point that it could be put through its speeds at the Fuji Speedway– in the hands of none besides Toyota president Akio Toyoda, together with Toyota Gazoo Racing employer Shigeki Tomoyama.
Even with the swirly camouflage, we can see that the program cars and truck’s race-ready style has actually been rollovered almost the same, with a prominent nosecone and large front and rear fenders that house the enormous wheels and tires, plus big vents that lead out of the front wheels. There’s likewise a teardrop-shaped glasshouse and a stabilising fin, leading to the significant rear wing.
However, we do see a number of tweaks that have actually currently been made. One can now find the triple hexagonal headlights, in addition to proper wing mirrors that change the principle’s side-view electronic cameras. We likewise get our first peek of the interior of the car, although it looks to be in its early phases with a lot of carbon fibre, race-spec switches and dials and a little screen for the rear-view camera.
Toyota has actually currently verified that the vehicle will share a lot of parts with the championship-winning TS050 Hybrid race vehicle, including a 2.4 litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 and a variation of the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) to provide a total system output of around 1,000 hp.
The business will be required to construct at least 20 cars to conform with the WEC’s brand-new “hypercar” policies to be introduced in the 2020-2021 season, which Toyota already devoted to on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend. The brand-new race automobiles, which will be based upon road-going equipment, will feature a power output of 750 hp and weigh 1,100 kg, with an optional hybrid system not going beyond 270 hp.
There will likewise be constraints on the how a four-wheel drive hybrid system is released to pare back the traction advantage compared to two-wheel drive entries, while a GTE-style Balance of Performance (BoP) system will likewise be employed to keep racing close.
GALLERY: Toyota GR Super Sport Concept
After attempting to pursue a career in item style, Jonathan Lee chose to make the sideways delve into the world of cars and truck journalism rather. He for that reason values the visual appeal of an automobile, however for him, the driving experience is still second to none.