Toyota’s GR Super Sport made its on-track public debut on Saturday in the build-up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Alex Wurz turning a demo lap of Circuit de la Sarthe in a development version of the road-going hypercar.
The camouflage-liveried convertible, based on the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, also took part in the ceremony of returning the Le Mans trophy for this year’s race.
Toyota is seeking its third consecutive victory in the French endurance classic this weekend.
The GR Super Sport will form the basis for Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar, which is expected to begin on-track testing next month ahead of a 2021 debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“It was an honor to drive this development version of the GR Super Sport for the first time in public, and especially at a circuit like Le Mans which is so closely connected to this car,” said Wurz.
“The GR Super Sport was born at Le Mans so this felt like a homecoming. This was my first time to drive 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.”