Toyota surprised just about everyone in early 2018 when it unveiled the GR Super Sport concept, signaling a road hypercar to complement its WEC racer. Subsequent news regarding the electrified flagship sports car has been scarce, and the future doesn’t look too bright either.
Quoting the Japanese media, Runner The magazine claims that a pre-production prototype of the street-legal version was involved in an accident during a recent test at Fuji Speedway. The hybrid hypercar is said to have caught fire and suffered serious damage, prompting Toyota to halt development of the road car. The new report apparently confirms the initial rumors from Japan, as the fiery GR Super Sport crash “may well end the road car project prematurely.”
It should be mentioned that the possible disappearance of the road car does not have a negative impact on the LMDh program because Runner points out that Toyota is not obliged to sell an approved version for the road. For the same reason, Peugeot has already announced that it will not sell a road derivative of its 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar. Our colleagues from Motorsport.com recently reported that the GR010 hybrid race car successfully completed a two-car shakedown at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend ahead of this year’s Le Mans endurance race, scheduled for August 21-22.
As some of you will recall, Toyota released a video with the GR Super Sport shot at the same Fuji Speedway in Japan in June 2019, with company CEO Akio Toyoda behind the wheel. In September 2020, she made her dynamic public debut by performing a demonstration tour of the Circuit de la Sarthe on the occasion of the 88e 24 hours of Le Mans.
The road-approved GR Super Sport is said to have a twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 engine as part of a hybrid powertrain with a combined output that is expected to exceed the 1,000 hp mark after factoring in the engines. electric. It is expected to be a coupe, possibly with a canopy section as suggested in a patent filed last year by Toyota with the US Patent and Trademark Office- United (USPTO).
It remains to be seen if the road car was indeed canceled, as it’s not uncommon for prototypes to crash (and sometimes burn) during testing, much like it happened in June 2017 in the Alps. with a test mule for the current. Audi A7 Sportback generation. Same story in July 2014 with a Honda NSX prototype at the Nürburgring, so the GR Super Sport is far from the first test vehicle to catch fire.
On the flip side, some would say it’s a bit of a surprise that Toyota gave the green light to developing a road version in the first place, as the Lexus LFA supercar wasn’t exactly a commercial success. If a tram is yet to come, it will serve as an indirect successor to the GT-One, originally designed for GT1 racing before being adapted for the LMGTP (Le Mans Grand Touring). Two road cars were made, but they were not sold to the public as one is in the museum in Japan and the other resides at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany.
Provided the GR Super Sport with a license plate still exists, it’s going to cost a hypercar money, according to a statement by Toyota Australia spokesperson Orlando Rodriguez: “It’s probably at this hypercar level. The price? It’s going to be at that level. ” The company will not allow anyone to purchase one, as those who wish to potentially pay seven figures to sign on the dotted line must first complete a questionnaire. Owning a Lexus LFA or a Toyota 2000GT will help, as will an FIA racing license.