Toyota's performance division this month announced production of a "super sports car" for the upcoming hypercar class in the World Endurance Championship, with a hybrid powertrain and eye-popping 986 hp.
But in addition to being a race car, the production version of the GR Super Sport could also be a road car, given that it will face racing versions of the McLaren P1 on the World Endurance Championship circuit.
The car is expected to feature a version of the hybrid powertrain used by the TS050 Hybrid that won Le Mans — a 2.4-liter biturbo V-6 and a Toyota racing hybrid system.
"Competing in the World Endurance Championship … and racing at Le Mans … 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," said Shigeki Tomoyama, president of Toyota's Gazoo Racing subsidiary.
As for the road car, Toyota hasn't made it known one way or another. But such a vehicle could be a successor to the similarly exclusive (and pricey) Lexus LFA that was the brand's halo car.
"We started this project because we believe that creating a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid greatly adds to Toyota's involvement in WEC," Tomoyama said. "And at some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance."