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Toyota Reveals LMP1-Inspired GR Super Sport Concept

Toyota reveals LMP1-inspired GR Super Sport concept…

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Toyota has taken the wraps off its GR Super Sport Concept, featuring hybrid technology developed from the Japanese manufacturer’s LMP1 program.

Featuring the same 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, the Super Sport Concept delivers nearly 1,000 combined horsepower between its internal combustion and electric motors. 

The unveil came Friday at the Toyota Auto Salon in Tokyo.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Company president Shigeki Tomoyama said the concept is the starting point for Toyota’s plan to develop sports cars from active race cars.

“Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars,” he said

“Although it will be some time before you all have the opportunity to get behind the wheel, I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars.”

No indication has been given the concept will enter into future production.

LMP1 Driver Announcement Set for February

Toyota is not expected to confirm its LMP1 lineup until early next month.

Sportscar365 understands that a possible deal with Fernando Alonso, who has been tipped to join the Japanese manufacturer’s planned two-car effort at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, may not be reached until February.

Alonso, who could contest additional FIA World Endurance Championship races, said his forthcoming sports car racing debut in this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona will help influence a decision on whether the Spaniard will also tackle Le Mans this year.

Should Alonso join Toyota for the French endurance classic, it would come at the expense of at one of its existing drivers, with sources indicating that Jose Maria Lopez’s status with the team for 2018 remains up in the air.

Photo: Toyota

Photo: Toyota

Photo: Toyota

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. TF110

    January 12, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Awesome piece of kit. I love it and the direction lmp1 is taking if this is close to their future entry. Do it Toyota!

    • Bill Lumbergh

      January 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Ooh, uh, yeah. I’m going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there. Yeah.

  2. Davide

    January 12, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Possibly the best car ever

    • Tyler Sanders

      January 12, 2018 at 9:21 am


  3. AMGMerc

    January 12, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Anyone else notice the Bridgestone tires? Hmmmmmmmmm…………………

    • FlyingLobster27

      January 12, 2018 at 8:18 am

      I did, but I’m not reading anything at all into that. It’s the Tokyo Auto Show, Japanese event, Japanese manufacturer, Japanese tyres. Also, all bar one of the Lexus Super GT teams run on Bridgestones.
      Absolutely wonderful looking machine though.

  4. Anonymous

    January 12, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I really hope that this is not the sort of direction the new LMP1 regs are heading! With cars looking more like road cars!

    • jason

      January 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

      100% disagree. What a horrible comment. This is EXACTLY what LMP1 needs.

    • Parker

      January 12, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Exactly. Road cars are for the GT classes. Let prototypes be prototypes.

      • Tyler Sanders

        January 12, 2018 at 9:22 am

        I completely agree with you Parker.

      • Helmut

        January 15, 2018 at 11:01 am

        Current prototypes don’t look like “classic” prototypes but like cased formula cars. I would prefer prototypes im the sense of Group C / GTP cars.

  5. DB

    January 12, 2018 at 10:53 am

    But you can’t say the Mercedez CLK, Toyota GT1, Porsche GT1 and Panoz Esperante GTR, McLaren GTR where not good looking “prototype/Gt”styled cars.

    • Truth

      January 12, 2018 at 11:30 am

      Merc – ugly but great in YouTube clips
      Toyota GT1 – great looking (looked like a proper prototype)
      Porsche GT1 – good looking in 1998 but ugly in prior years
      Panoz – ugly
      McLaren – good looking

    • Carefull with that Eugene, axe.

      January 12, 2018 at 11:55 am

      GT1 was 100% prototype, Toyota cheated on the rules and made one “road” car that just happens to be a prototype.

      Also, no Super GT1 class, no Super DPi, let P1 remains P1.

  6. Matt

    January 12, 2018 at 11:28 am

    This is exactly where P1 is headed and I don’t mind at all.

  7. Andrew Pyke

    January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    A global Dpi-like formula is exactly the direction we should be going. I agree, GT is for street based cars on track. I beleive that for a manufacturer to design LMP1s with their street recognizeable styling cues will attract interest worldwide. As long as the costs are right, could be a massive stage.

    • Parker

      January 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Why does everyone insist that prototypes must have styling cues?

      • Andrew Pyke

        January 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

        For me, it’s an important part of promoting manufacturer interest.

  8. Mike S

    January 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Yeah I see these cars on the road all the time. I get it protos should look like protos but I think there is balance enough in this design that it’s definitely a proto. And this isn’t the first design recently like this so this must be the direction it’s will be going.

  9. David

    January 12, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Okay… Dump the hybrid and sell it to teams and maybe imsa would adopt it into dpi.

  10. KW

    January 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    In my opinion Toyota did not intend to show the future of LMP1. This “hypercar” has the same intention as the Mercedes AMG “Project One” (with Formula One technology) presented recently – to show that there is a link between the OEM’s motorracing activities and the series production and that they are able to put the advanced racing technology into a street car. The future of LMP1 will point much more into the direction of DPi than to these “hypercars” (as this is much better affordable…). I wouldn’t like to go back to the late 1990’s where just about 5 street cars were produced to mask a basis for a GT1 race car.

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