Hot on the heels of its historic win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota has confirmed some more exciting news: a Toyota hypercar is coming. As you’d expect, the the timing isn’t a coincidence, as the production car is likely to borrow heavily from the LMP1 racer which took the checked flag at the legendary race.
For the record, Toyota is only the second Japanese manufacturer to pull off a win at the grueling event, the first being Mazda, which won with its ferocious 787B during the 1991 running of the race.
It’s a big announcement, certainly, but it also shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. During the Tokyo Auto Salon in January, Toyota partner Gazoo Racing debuted the Super Sport concept seen in these pictures, a move that got the press talking about a possible road-going version of the TS050 Hybrid Le Mans prototype.
The new machine would fill the vacuum left by the Lexus LFA, which served as Toyota’s halo car during its extremely limited 500-car run, and featured one of the most glorious engine notes ever heard from a production car. Right now, the hottest machine the company offers is the LC 500, and while we’ve loved all the time we’ve got to spend behind the wheel, it was designed to be a GT, not a bare-knuckle performance car.
The Super Sport concept features a 2.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 along with a Toyota Hybrid System-Racing unit, and pipes its combined 986 horsepower to all four wheels. Whether that’s the exact package you’ll be able to drool over at your local AutoNation Toyota dealer remains to be seen, but one thing that’s certain? Performance is sure to be wicked.
After all, you don’t win the most intense endurance road race in the world on good looks and charm.
Obviously, we’re extremely curious to see how the forthcoming hypercar competes with the likes of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, as each uses a combination of traditional and electric propulsion. And fortunately, we’ll won’t just get to see them battle in magazines tests, because the organizers of Le Mans have creating an entirely new class where these insane performers will have their mettle tested in the unforgiving crucible of motorsport. It kicks off in 2021, and we can’t wait.
More details on the Toyota hypercar when we have them, but until then, check out the video of the TS050 switching from electric to internal combustion power — it seriously sounds like it’s about to make the jump to hyperspace.