A production version of Toyota Gazoos Super Sport Concept is ready to enter a new class based on hypercars in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race from 2020, and the factory racing team has been conducting the first tests at the Fuji Speedway track in Japan.
An official video, released just as the team won the LMP1 division of this years Le Mans 24-hour race, shows Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda testing Aston Martin Valkyries rival alongside test driver Kamui Kobayashi. Toyodas involvement in sports car development is well documented; the newly launched GR Supra was not approved until it had the opportunity to test it at the Nürburgring.
Style changes over the Super Sport concept, shown in 2018, are minimal, except for the addition of a soft camouflage paint scheme. Two prototypes are presented, one with a prominent roof blade and one without, although it is not clear which race car and which is intended for mass production.
The homologation rules dictate that Le Mans top-of-the-range hypercars must be closely related to their road equivalents, which means that the reigning LMP1 champion, Gazoo Racing, will soon reveal a road version of the Super Sport.
The company says: “Both the road car and the competition car are being intensively designed and developed in the companys technical centres in the city of Toyota, Higashi-Fuji and Cologne. The model name has not yet been confirmed.
Presented for the first time at last years Tokyo Motor Show, the concept is based on the prototype prototype of the World Endurance Championship, the TS050 Hybrid, with the same carbon fibre structure as the competition model and a 2.4-litre V6 petrol engine with electric assistance behind the whirlpool.