Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

New rally and concept cars for Toyota

New rally and concept cars for Toyota

Just unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, it incorporates hybrid technology honed through participation in the FIA WEC - Toyota says it's composed of mostly the same main parts as the TS050 Hybrid race vehicle. However, Toyota says it does give us a taste of what the company aims to achieve with its next-generation sports cars.

Meanwhile, the GR Super Sport prototype is clearly inspired by the LMP1 racer, with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing taking the continued participation in the WEC as a highly beneficial and necessary project when dealing with newly developed hybrid systems and electrified vehicle (EV) systems. It was developed by Toyota's Gazoo Racing division, and draws plenty of inspiration from the TS050 Hybrid World Endurance Championship race vehicle. That's been combined with an electrification system of hybrid motors, the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, or THS-R, developed by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. We already know that Toyota's Gazoo performance division is plotting a new halo sports vehicle as a successor to the iconic Supra, so it seems possible that it could adopt the Super Sport Concept's hybrid powertrain.

If this is any indication of what Toyota's future supercars and sports cars will be like, count us in.

Due to be shown in full at the Tokyo Auto Salon next week, the GR Super Sport Concept is set to shift Toyota's performance potential into a different paradigm.

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The parts overlap between GR Super Sport Concept and TS050 is considerable, the automaker says, and will be instrumental to development of each in future.

Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama said: "This is the starting point for Toyota's completely new challenge to develop sportscars from active race cars".

The updated cooling system will be a benefit in the hotter rallies of the 13-event WRC calendar, which concludes in November with Rally Australia. "As the industry approaches times of tremendous change, I am strongly determined to make sure that cars will be fun for the next 100 years".

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