Toyota is getting into the hypercar business, because the hypercar business is good. When Bugatti can unveil a brand new Divo hypercar, and claims that all 40 of them planned for production have already been sold, at a price tag of $5.8 million each, business is very, very good.
Mix in the fact that McLaren already sold their entire production of 106 for their next hypercar for $2.2 million-plus each, and it’s easy to see why Toyota wants to get in on some of this action.
And based on what Toyota says it is going to do with their new $1 million GR Super Sport, the folks over at Bugatti, Aston Martin, Nissan, Lamborghini, Pagani, Milan Automotive, SSC North America, Porsche, Pininfarina, Mercedes-AMG, Koenigsegg, Devel Motors, Alieno, DS Automobiles, NIO, Hennessey, Zenvo, McLaren, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and every other hypercar manufacturer might want to take notice.
From the sounds of things, the Toyota GR Super Sport will more than likely cost over a million dollars each, at least according to according to Toyota Australia spokesman Orlando Rodriguez, who spoke to Motoring about the new hypercar, “It’s probably at that hypercar sort of level. Pricing? It’s going to be at that level.”
The GR Super Sport will be powered by a V6 twin turbocharger and the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R), delivering a combined output of 1,000 DIN hp, which it shares with the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car.
Shigeki Tomoyama, President of Toyota GAZOO Racing Company, said, “Competing in the World Endurance Championship – one of the most demanding motorsports series – and racing at Le Mans – one of the most iconic races – helps us to advance the development of our world-leading hybrid electric technology and enables us to transfer the knowledge we gain into our production 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 amid various restrictions, and this is how competing contributes to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s efforts toward making ever-better cars,” said Tomoyama. “Thus, this is the starting point for Toyota’s completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars. 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.
Unfortunately, according to Rodriguez, “We don’t even know when cars will be available, what markets they will go to and where they will be road registerable and where they won’t. Toyota has simply signified the strong intent to make this a road car. So instead of having just two racing cars that go to Le Mans, it’s going to be a productionized model.”