Toyota GR Super Sport hybrid hypercar prototype makes Le Mans debut

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As announced last year, the Toyota GR Super Sport hybrid hypercar made its debut in its prototype form shortly before the start of the 88th Le Mans 24 Hours at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The prototype, customized as a convertible with 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.

This was my first time driving 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. – Alex Wurz

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.

The hybrid powertrain combining a 2.4L twin-turbo V6 and two electric motors (electric AWD) is expected to deliver an output of up to 1,000 hp (735 kW) in the road going version as well.

Source: Gazoo Racing

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