Sneak a Peek as Toyota Teases New Hypercar/Le Mans Challenger [VIDEOS INSIDE]
The GR Super Sport has been teased again after completing tests at Le Mans -- with the top off [UPDATE: Now with video]
Toyota is currently contesting the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only hybrid LMP1 car left standing in these trying times. Behind the scenes, however, the Gazoo Racing team is also preparing for the future, and these prototypes of their new GR Super Sport hypercar is proof of their progress so far.
To scale. Photo from @Toyota_Hybrid
Pictures shared by Toyota Gazoo's Twitter page shows a low-slung car that looks similar to the concept designs that Toyota has been teasing since 2018 and last year as their challenger for Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship next year in the new LM-Hypercar category. It's completed a round of testing at Le Mans prior to the actual event (possibly around test week or after practice and qualifying sessions), and while it's under tesselated red/black camo, there are still many things to glean from these photos.
For one, it's certifiably low-slung, and the cockpit is so small the roof had to come off just so the helmet can fit. One can also notice the front end design that apes that of the TS050 now leading the race and the side extractors on the wheel wells that has a simple yet swooshy flourish not seen in the race car. Otherwise, most of the body lines follow that of the concept.
In some more detailed static studio shots, we see real headlamp units on the GR Super Sport and a new sealed-off front end compared to the concept, while the back features hexagonal cutouts on the engine bay where there wasn't before, as well as more pronounced diffuser endplates. The rest of the car, on the other hand, more or less matches the concept car.
These shots suggest that the development prototype seen here is well on its way to reaching production-ready status, but without a reveal date, many things still remain to be a mystery (even if we know that Toyota will have to adhere to the new regs that cap the new top-flight sports cars to 750hp). It seems like this is Toyota's answer to teasers that ByKolles and Peugeot have put out over the course of the week to announce their commitment to the new regulations. We'll learn more about the GR Super Sport eventually, possibly close to the weekend of Le Mans 2021.
[UPDATE 14:00 UTC: Toyota and Polish site AUTOgen have put up videos of the car.]