Prototype’s accident sees Toyota cancel GR Super Sport hypercar

    The hypercar’s test mule reportedly caught fire and suffered serious damage during a test, bringing the road car programme to a halt.

    Published On Aug 17, 2021 07:00:00 AM


    The development of Toyota’s planned GR Super Sport hypercar is reported to have been put on ice, following a serious accident during prototype testing.

    • Toyota to cancel hypercar, though Le Mans racer still in works
    • It was to be a homologated version of GR010 race car
    • It was to use a 1000hp, twin-turbo, hybrid V6 engine

    Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar: why is it being axed?

    A test mule for the 1,000hp hybrid hypercar reportedly caught fire and suffered serious damage during a test at Japan's Fuji Speedway last month.

    According to Japanese media, the road car programme has been cancelled completely, although development of Toyota’s GR010 Le Mans hypercar should be unaffected.

    Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar: what is it?

    The rear-wheel-drive, two-seat GR Super Sport was announced in 2018, when Le Mans regulations for the FIA World Endurance Championship required manufacturers to base racers on road-legal cars.

    New rules removed the need for Toyota to produce the GR Super Sport for homologation reasons, but the firm committed to producing the car as a limited-run halo model, so the GR010's readiness for the famous endurance event should remain unaffected. 

    Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar: powertrain

    It was planned that the GR Super Sport would be driven by a road-tuned version of the current TS050 Hybrid racer’s electrified 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6.

    Toyota did not detail how the road car’s hybrid system worked or how many electric motors it featured, only previously revealing a planned output of 1,000hp, a figure to match the GR010 Le Mans racer on which it is based.

    Other details also remained under wraps, including pricing information and production numbers, but the car was going to be sold as a coupé, potentially with an unconventional canopy-style opening roof.

    Also see:

    Karthikeyan, Maini withdraw from 2021 Le Mans due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions

    Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar racer revealed

    Audi, Porsche working jointly on Le Mans racers

    Racing Team India to compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans

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