Rumor Mill: Toyota to Build Street-legal GR Super Sport Hypercar?

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
rumor mill toyota to build street legal gr super sport hypercar

Previewed way back at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota’s (Gazoo Racing) GR Super Sport Concept now serves as the template for its next entry into 24 Hour of Le Mans, tapped for the new Hypercar Class that’s effectively replacing FIA’s World Endurance Championship LMP1. The new classification is supposed to reinvigorate the sport by mandating homologation of the wildest inductees, a practice which often leads to the most stunning performance machines ever to grace the road.

That means Toyota has to build at least 20 examples of something street legal that shares more than a handful of components with its LM racer. Rumor has it, something is already in development — and should exist well beyond the confines of what one normally thinks of when they envision Toyota products.

According to The Supercar Blog, inside sources claim Toyota plans to build homologated road-legal versions of its Hypercar Class racer to satisfy the new regulations. While the concept utilized a 2.4-liter V6 hybrid powertrain with twin turbochargers (good for output of 985 horsepower), and is presumed to run Le Mans with that exact setup, the street variant will have to undergo several changes to be deemed legal without straying too far from the original.

In addition to more creature comforts, the street-legal variants are said to use a similar “competition” twin-turbo hybrid V6 engine with unknown output. However, Supercar Blog claimed sources estimated a 0-60 mph run of around 2.5-seconds — meaning it’s not likely to suffer from a horsepower deficit.

Information is cursory at best, and it’s hard to imagine mainstream Toyota coming out with a $3.1-million (estimated) car that would exceed Honda/Acura’s NSX in both price and performance. But Big T did build the Lexus LFA. It’s also overtly committed itself to enhancing its performance image these last few years. Anything is possible at this juncture, including a lubriciously priced GR-badged racer outfitted with mirrors (possibly cameras) and a rear windshield. Just don’t expect to see it parked next to a Prius at your local dealership. Toyota is unlikely to build more than it has to, and they’ll go out directly to whomever can foot the ludicrous bill.

Deliveries are said to start in 2022.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Chocolatedeath Chocolatedeath on Aug 05, 2020

    Wouldnt be surprised if the back window ended up looking like an old 60s Vette.

  • Sundance Sundance on Aug 05, 2020

    I don't believe that they will make a rear window. What for? And I think the cars are sold in the moment when Toyota makes this official.

  • Jeff S I don't believe gm will die but that it will continue to shrink in product and market share and it will probably be acquired by a foreign manufacturer. I doubt gm lacks funds as it did in 2008 and that they have more than enough cash at hand but gm will not expand as it did in the past and the emphasis is more on profitability and cutting costs to the bone. Making gm a more attractive takeover target and cut costs at the expense of more desirable and reliable products. At the time of Farago's article I was in favor of the Government bailout more to save jobs and suppliers but today I would not be in favor of the bailout. My opinions on gm have changed since 2008 and 2009 and now I really don't care if gm survives or not.
  • Kwik_Shift I was a GM fan boy until it ended in 2013 when I traded in my Avalanche to go over to Nissan.
  • Stuart de Baker I didn't bother to read this article. I'll wait until a definitive headline comes out, and I'll be surprised if Tesla actually produces the Cybertruck. It certainly looks impractical for both snowy and hot sunny weather.
  • Stuart de Baker This is very interesting information. I was in no danger of buying a Tesla. I love my '08 Civic (stick), and it feels just as responsive as when I bought it 11 years ago with 35k on the clock (now 151k), and barring mishaps, I plan to keep it for the next 25 years or so, which would put me into my mid-90s, assuming I live that long. On your information, I will avoid renting Teslas.
  • RHD The only people who would buy this would be those convinced by a website that they are great, and order one sight-unseen. They would have to have be completely out of touch with every form of media for the last year. There might actually be a few of these people, but not very many. They would also have to be completely ignorant of the Hyundai Excel. (Vinfast seems to make the original Excel look like a Camry in comparison.)