Toyota to rival in Le Mans 2022 with this 1000 hp hypercar
The 1000 PS test mule is being tested at the Le Mans circuit by the Formula 1 driver, Alexander Wurz.
Manufacturers are warming up for the upcoming Le Mans endurance championship that's slated to take place in 2022. Several carmakers are splurging their money in readying their hypercars. We recently heard about Groupe PSA's interest in participating in the race and now, Toyota has finally surfaced online first images of its open-top camouflaged mild-hybrid test mule that it is going gaga over and has been continuously put to rigorous testing for the past two years to claim the titles that it is so desperate to win.
It is called the Gazoo Racing Super Sport, an apt name given to it. With the hypercar emission regulations stiffening, manufacturers have had to take the gruff and slightly different path of incorporating hybrid and electric tech as these cars are required to be a tad more frugal.
That said, as you would have read the masthead, Toyota isn't going to skimp on feeding the car so that it can make 1000 PS (986 hp). Hence, don't expect this brainchild of Toyota to show any mercy to its wheels. Toyota has been stealthy in revealing the exact engine displacement but we can take some hint from the TS050 hybrid mule that was bequeathed a 2.4-litre engine with Toyota's hybrid technology known for its bulletproof reliability. Therefore, we can expect this car to employ a slightly more cavernous engine which Toyota confirms will be sitting at the middle for better weight distribution. It is expected to get e-AWD drivetrain that will channel power to all the wheels with 18" wheels. The hybrid characteristics are exhibited on the outside too with a badge that reads, Racing Hybrid.
This concoction by Toyota's performance arm, Gazoo Racing (GR) appears to be ominous but like any other hypercar, you would have chanced upon. With nearly 1,000 hp on tap, it isn't going to be a vapid monster but the thing is, which hypercar that we have seen in the recent times, has had a dearth of power and has ponies less than this sacred number? Nix, I think save for the Peugeot hypercar, of course.
The novel Le Mans regulations enforced are targeting a lap time of 3:30 for this category of contestants. The Le Mans Protoype-2 (LMP2) achieved did the stunning sprint in 3:27.6, a formidable number to beat for Toyota. However, we are still a couple of years away from the big and pompous event during which the Japanese brand can outlay cash to provide it with the caliber to surprise the massive crowd.