Toyota’s GR Super Sport hypercar is showcased in the latest teaser video from Gazoo Racing.
When Toyota revealed the GR Super Sport concept at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, it was to the shock and amazement of assembled automotive enthusiasts. Toyota, known for making economical compact cars and reliable SUV’s and pickups, would be entering the hypercar game.
Based around the TS050 Le Mans hybrid race car, the GR Super Sport concept came equipped with much the same internal hardware. A carbon monocoque chassis provided the scaffolding to hang a carbon fiber body and a hybrid powertrain capable of nearly 1,000 horsepower. That being a 2.4-L twin-turbo V6 and an unknown number of electric motors for a total of 986 hp.
After the initial reveal, we got strapped in for the long wait before it would finally arrive in 2020. Since then, we haven’t really heard much from Toyota on the Super Sport, other than they were still hard at work making it.
Now we’ve found out thanks to a new video from Gazoo Racing that the Super Sport is ready for its most important driver yet: Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda.
The video shows Toyoda getting briefed before stepping inside the GR Super Sport for a few laps around the Fuji Speedway. It doesn’t look like Toyoda is pushing the car all that hard, but he still certainly enjoyed himself judging by the grin he’s sporting by the end of the video.
Motor1 points out that there are a few differences between the concept version and the prototype shown in the video. First, the top-mounted exhaust has disappeared and in its place is a roof-mounted air scoop. That scoop isn’t shown in every shot, however, suggesting there might be more than one prototype being developed.
Inside, the car is mostly bare carbon with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a very barebones appearance. There’s a single screen behind the steering wheel, another screen in place of a rearview mirror (since the Super Sport doesn’t have a rear windshield), and that’s about it.
We still don’t have a firm date on when to expect the GR Super Sport, but at least it looks to be on track for a 2020 reveal.