The road version of the Toyota 24 Hours of Le Mans Hypercar could develop over 1,000 hp!
When the ACO, the organizing body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship (WEC), announced the creation of the Hypercar category, the rules were clear. Hybrid racing cars were to be based on an approved version for the road. But since then, under pressure from manufacturers, who refuse to invest in the production of a road model, this rule has been abandoned. Hypercars are therefore only revised and corrected LMP1s, slower and less expensive.
But Toyota is stubborn. The Japanese manufacturer, which is currently the only one entered in a Hypercar (before the arrival of the American Glickenhaus during the season, and Peugeot in 2022), has nevertheless decided to design a road version of its Hypercar. , the GR010. And according to the British Autocar, it could be that the GR super sport, provisional name of this road version, is even faster than its track counterpart!
Indeed, where the Track Hypercar is limited by regulation to 680 hp in combined hybrid power, the GR Super Sport will develop ” at least 1,000 hp » !
It will also benefit from the technologies developed in LMP1. With a very worked aero and four-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG One and other Aston Martin Valkyrie just have to beware …
On the other hand, the car seems to have changed a lot since the first rolling prototype presented at the opening of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. Indeed, where the camouflaged prototype was a convertible, Toyota now seems to be heading towards a coupe, with a patented systemto raise the whole cockpit for easy access.
While the initial rules called for production of at least 20 units, it is still unclear how many GR Super Sport will go on sale. On the site dedicated to Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s racing specialist, the manufacturer offers a questionnaire for potential road hypercar customers. The questions concern, for example, your garage, your experience in motorsport or the number of kilometers traveled each year behind the wheel of your favorite car. Toyota could therefore reserve the right to choose the happy customers of the GR Super Sport, as Ferrari regularly does with its most special productions, or Ford with the GT supercar.
It remains to be seen whether this Toyota GR Super Sport will be presented next year. We know how much he is difficult to adapt a racing engine for the road : The countless delays experienced by the Mercedes-AMG One are proof of this.
This is not the first time that Toyota has decided to build a homologation car even though the category no longer demands it: this was particularly the case with the supercharged compact GR Yaris, developed for the rally.
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