No, you don’t need to get your eyes checked; Toyota is pushing ahead with the development of its first series-production hybrid hypercar, the GR Super Sport.
Set to join the likes of the 708kW Ferrari LaFerrari, 673kW McLaren P1 and 652kW Porsche 918 Spyder in the hybrid hypercar segment, the GR Super Sport isn’t quite what you think.
Unlike the Holy Trinity, the GR Super Sport was designed as a race car from the outset, with it to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class from next year.
The GR Super Sport was revealed in concept form way back in January 2018 and confirmed for production five months later, with Toyota Australia expressing its interest at the time.
Of course, the only trouble is examples of the GR Super Sport will be hard to come by, with the FIA requiring as few as 20 to be produced within two years of the start of the World Endurance Championship’s LMH class.
Related to the Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid race car, the GR Super Sport concept had a petrol-electric set-up that paired a mid-mounted 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with a Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) powertrain for a combined power output of 735kW.
That said, a prototype of the GR Super Sport made a public appearance ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race over the weekend, wearing Gazoo Racing’s now-familiar camouflage and likely powered by a less powerful hybrid set-up.
The LMH class rules were finalised earlier this year, with each 1100kg-plus entrant to have a powertrain with 200kW electric motors on the front axle, which enable all-wheel-drive alongside an engine driving the rear wheels for a combined power output of 500kW.
Therefore, it’s not known whether or not the series-production GR Super Sport will punch out 735kW, as originally intended, or 500kW. Naturally, time will tell.