Toyota is looking into making a street-legal version of their Le Mans-winning TS050 hypercar.
It looks like Toyota has gotten a taste for speed. Their Gazoo racing team, the racing division of Toyota, took first and second place at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP1 class. Their TS050 Hybrid cars were virtually untouchable during the entire 24-hour race, and private teams are already crying foul over the incredible technology that propelled Toyota to victory.
But even as competing teams push for rules changes to prevent Toyota’s dominance next year, Toyota themselves are basking in their win with a promise to give that same car to the masses. They want everyone to share in the same feeling of taking the checkered flag with their very own version of the 1000 hp twin-turbo prototype car.
Confirmed by Gazoo Racing’s president Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota will take the TS050 and create a street-legal version for sale. Development is already underway.
"We started this project because we believe that creating a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid greatly adds to Toyota's involvement in WEC," said Tomoyama. "And at some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance."
Currently, the closest thing that Toyota has is the GR Super Sport concept that they unveiled in January. The car shares its powertrain with the TS050 Hybrid, which means a 2.4-L twin-turbo V6 mated to an eight-megajoule hybrid system, the combined output of which hits 986 hp.
If such a thing were to ever enter into production, it would easily be the fastest road car that Toyota has ever built. It would also signal a new direction for Toyota, taking a purpose-built racer and turning it into a street car rather than the other way around as in all their previous sports car offerings.
There’s no timeframe on when we might see a Toyota hypercar, but it’ll be exciting to see how the Japanese auto giant can compare with the Bugattis and Koenigseggs of the world.