At the ongoing Tokyo Auto Salon Toyota sprung a surprise for media and visitors after unveiling its Gazoo Racing Super Sport Concept with technology applications based on its latest Le Mans racers.
With 100 per cent production intent, the car will be sold by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing sub-brand. The Super Sport Concept is a two-seater sports car and uses the powertrain of a Toyota TS050 endurance racer. Under the aerodynamic profiled body sits a forced fed twin-turbo, direct-injection petrol 2.4-litre V6 mated to a hybrid-electric system. Toyota said combined output of 986hp is available.
Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama San said: “This is the starting point for Toyota’s completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars. Although it will be some time before you all have the opportunity to get behind the wheel, I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars.”
Gazoo Racing was launched officially in September 2017 as a performance-focused sub-brand available only in Japan for now. The JDM portfolio also includes a supercharged 205hp Yaris hatchback based on a rally car, as well as several production models in the Toyota line-up which can be modified with stiffer suspensions and aero kits.