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Amazing and it will be even more amazing if Toyota secure the 3rd Le Mans victory in row !!!
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/09/21/toyota-gr-super-sport-preview/GR SUPER SPORT MAKES DYNAMIC PUBLIC DEBUT AT LE MANS
The GR Super Sport hypercar returned to its spiritual home today to drive in public for the first time, as part of its ongoing development process, shortly before the start of the 88th Le Mans 24 Hours at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Fittingly for a vehicle based on the two-time Le Mans-winning TS050 HYBRID race car, a customised GR Super Sport development model, customised as a convertible and in GR camouflage livery, completed a demonstration lap, before participating in the ceremony to return the Le Mans trophy for this year's race. The car was driven by Alex Wurz, the former TOYOTA GAZOO Racing driver.
Soon after the ceremony, this year's postponed Le Mans 24 Hours began with two TOYOTA GAZOO Racing TS050 HYBRIDs challenging to win the race for the third successive year. The TS050 HYBRID has created history at Le Mans since its debut in 2016, earning Toyota's first victory at La Sarthe as well as setting the fastest-ever lap and the current race lap record. Those performances are the inspiration for the GR Super Sport, a hypercar with race car pedigree and performance.
The GR Super Sport epitomises TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's commitment to use motorsport to make ever-better road cars for the enjoyment of customers, and it symbolises the ever-closer relationship between TOYOTA GAZOO Racing race and road car products.
“It was an honour to drive this development version of the GR Super Sport for the first time in public, and especially at a circuit like Le Mans which is so closely connected to this car. The GR Super Sport was born at Le Mans so this felt like a homecoming. This was my first time to drive the car, so a demonstration lap doesn't allow me to push the limits but I could already feel that the GR Super Sport has the potential for incredible performance. I could feel the similarities between the GR Super Sport and the TS050 HYBRID in terms of performance, particularly the four-wheel drive and the hybrid system. But the engineers tell me this was only a small taste of the GR Super Sport's true performance so I am super excited to drive it again one day in the near future.”
Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar previewed at 24 Hours of Le Mans
And by the way, Toyota won, again
Here’s your yearly reminder that Toyota is building a hypercar. Just like it did in last year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota has provided us a preview of the GR Super Sport.
This car will run in the hypercar class in the World Endurance Championship, but the regulations require that anyone who enters will also need to produce a minimum of 20 road cars based on the race car. Toyota says the car we’re looking at in photos here is a GR Super Sport development car that is customized as a convertible and wearing the now-recognizable GR camouflage. Remember the same camo on the GR Supra a couple years ago?
Details are scarce on the ground concerning the road car version headed our way, but here’s what Toyota said about it: “The GR Super Sport epitomizes Toyota Gazoo Racing's commitment to use motorsport to make ever-better road cars for the enjoyment of customers, and it symbolizes the ever-closer relationship between Toyota Gazoo Racing race and road car products.”
From what we’ve witnessed so far, more GR in Toyota road car products is a very good thing. The GR Yaris (that isn’t coming here) is a great example of what Toyota is capable of doing when it harnesses its engineering might. As for this car, it’s likely going to have near (or over) four-digit horsepower and a price tag that’ll buy you many lifetimes of Camrys. Its relation to the now three-time-Le-Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid should help it immensely. And in case you missed it, Toyota just happened to win Le Mans again last weekend.
Engine block was built by Toyota's F1 tools and processes that were used to build real F1 engines.Lexus played no part in the development of the TS050 and this is literally a TS050 with a road car body shell.
The LFA is F1 *inspired* and is a Lexus-run program. The only true F1 technologies used on that vehicle are the full carbon body and the sequential transmission.
The rendering didn't show the use of semi-slick tyres. I understand neither Toyota nor Lexus has ever built a performance car with semi slicks to maintain daily drivability. But I don't think any regular road tyre can handle the immense torque of this beast, and it's not like the owners will go grocery shopping in it. Plus the aero will absolutely rip those treads and make the car harder to drive on tracks.
I'm very interested in whether they will create an unrestricted TS050 after 2019. The TS050 is superior to the 919 in both powertrain and chassis and an unrestricted version will be even crazier than the 919 Evo.
HOLY F*CK!! 3.5 LITERS?!?!?!?!?! THAT'S HUUUGE.TOYOTA GAZOO Racing begins a new era of endurance racing with the launch of its all-new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar, which will compete in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).toyotagazooracing.com
GR010 comes with a 3.5L V6TT rated at 500kW (680PS). ICE is now much larger and more powerful than before (2.4L V6TT with 368kW/500PS). There is no MGU-K in the rear and only a single MGU-K in the front with 200kW (272hp). Total output is capped at 500kW per LMH rules which means engine power is reduced when hybrid power is deployed.