Crossing the fine line – if one exists – that separates super sports cars from hypercars is not a challenge any automaker can embark on. A hypercar, a name already in fashion among the sportsmanship elite, is a car with extreme development, high performance, innovative in motorization and radical in design, among other characteristics. The power of 1,000 horsepower It is, perhaps, that milestone that marks the access to the select group of rarest sports cars on the planet.
The McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari or Porsche 918 they are some of the benchmarks in the most extreme category in the industry. The common denominator: its expertise developed in the world of competition. The same argument that now also shows as a credential the giant Toyota, after three consecutive years of success in the legendary Le Mans race.
Specifically, based on the experience with the Toyota TS050 HYBRID, which obtained three consecutive victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is about to retire, the Japanese brand has already entered the final stage of the development of the Toyota GR Super Sport, a hypercar that he just showed a few days ago in the preview of the emblematic race in France. But that experience on the tracks will not remain only for the competition: there will be a street version of the Toyota hypercar that, even, the Argentine driver of the official team of the brand was already testing, José María “Pechito” López.
“The project consists of transferring the technology we used in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) prototype to a road car. This car is a reflection of the great work we have been doing in developing high performance hybrid technology. Even today, with four appearances at Le Mans, the 1,100 horsepower amazes me every time I get in my car. Imagine what users are going to feel when they try this street sports car ”, López summarized at a press conference, which ended third in his fourth Le Mans appearance.
The Toyota hypercar will have a double challenge from now on. On the one hand, the official team, GAZOO Racing, will continue with the development on the track for the World Endurance Championship next year, and for its most important event at Le Mans. That prototype – with an open body design – was the one that paraded in the last competition, with former Formula 1 driver Alexander Wurz at the wheel: “It was an honor to drive this development version of the GR Super Sport in public for the first time. time, and even more so on a circuit like Le Mans, with such a close connection to it. It was a demo lap so I couldn’t push it to the limit, but I have already been able to feel its incredible potential, ”Wurz explained.
On the other hand, the GR Super Sport will continue on the test bed until it reaches dealerships to offer a performance similar to a race car. An almost inescapable challenge even looms for this type of extreme vehicle: the baptism in the Green Hell, the emblematic German circuit of the Nürburgring.
“Having been one of the privileged ones who participated in the development was a unique opportunity for me and I would like to see if we can take it to the Nürburgring to break the lap record for cars homologated for the street,” added the Argentine driver, who also participated in the hypercar development process in the virtual environment.
The GR Super Sport will be based on a concept presented at the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show, which has a carbon fiber chassis and racing car suspensions, with a V6 2.4 biturbo hybrid engine, with up to 1,000 combined horsepower.
The competition times will finish giving impetus to the street model. According to the homologation regulations of the FIA (International Automobile Federation) to participate in the future category of LMP1 of the WEC, where hypercars compete, Toyota must produce at least 20 units for sale to the public. Although the version that paraded in Le Mans was a convertible, the competition model will have to be with a closed cabin. And the street will be seen. For now, access to the exclusive world of hyper beasts is guaranteed by its 1,000 horses.