RE: Toyota teases GR Super Sport Concept

RE: Toyota teases GR Super Sport Concept

Friday 15th December 2017

Toyota teases GR Super Sport Concept

The LMP1-inspired show car will be centre stage at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon; heralding Gazoo Racing as a major fast road car force



If you're not a follower of motorsport, the significance of Toyota's Gazoo Racing team might have passed you by. At face value, the department is effectively an amalgamation of Toyota's extensive efforts to go motor racing; incorporating both World Endurance and Rally campaigns. But beyond that it has become the focal point for the manufacturer's burgeoning fast road car programme, particularly with regard to the tuning potential of its current lineup in Japan.


Its ambitions, though, are far more expansive; characterised by the extreme nature of the concept it will show in Tokyo next month. Previewed by an inevitable teaser shot, the car is obviously closely related to Gazoo's LMP1 racing car, and is intended to make plain the technological link between the firm's motorsport activities and the various options it makes available to the buying public. Of course, no-one's suggesting that Toyota is about to start knocking out cars with glass cockpits and body-length fins, but the concept's conspicuous relationship with the WEC says much about the way Gazoo Racing wants to be regarded.

The image build-up is all the more understandable when you consider that the long-heralded new Supra will almost certainly launch under a Gazoo banner next year. There have already been hints that the halo model will benefit from hybrid powertrain lessons learnt on the race track, even if it is also made available as a conventionally powered sports car. While we don't expect to see the Supra in Tokyo next month, PH is due to encounter Gazoo's first UK-bound production car: the heavily fettled Yaris GRMN.

There could hardly be more breathing room between an LMP1-inspired concept and a supercharged supermini - although if that signifies the breadth of Toyota's objectives for Gazoo, we're likely to be talking about it a lot more next year.

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moffspeed

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793 posts

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Friday 15th December 2017
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Meanwhile rival manufacturers Nissan and Aston Martin have announced that they will be unveiling similar concept cars based on their LMP-1 contenders at the Tokyo show.

Based on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo and the Aston AMR-One models company spokesmen for both companies stated that these cars were designed for the discerning owner who valued rarity rather than outright speed. Both cars would be available in limited numbers whilst warranty would be limited to 200 miles and free roadside assistance would be part of the bespoke package.

ZX10R NIN

11,000 posts

56 months

Friday 15th December 2017
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A more extreme LFA then, that can never be a bad thing.

Don Colione

13 posts

7 months

Friday 15th December 2017
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I tried to clear the image up a bit, best i could do...

ukaskew

4,063 posts

152 months

Friday 15th December 2017
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It feels like we're speeding towards a road-based top tier category in WEC/Le Mans. Quite a few manufacturers now have road cars on the way that appear to be extreme enough to be a big step towards that happening.

giveitfish

3,031 posts

145 months

Friday 15th December 2017
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moffspeed said:
Meanwhile rival manufacturers Nissan and Aston Martin have announced that they will be unveiling similar concept cars based on their LMP-1 contenders at the Tokyo show.

Based on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo and the Aston AMR-One models company spokesmen for both companies stated that these cars were designed for the discerning owner who valued rarity rather than outright speed. Both cars would be available in limited numbers whilst warranty would be limited to 200 miles and free roadside assistance would be part of the bespoke package.
hehe Harsh, if funny
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PunterCam

697 posts

126 months

Saturday 16th December 2017
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Half a dozen comments is about all this teaser pish deserves.

Want to sell cars Toyota? Unveil it at the show with no leaked anything, with someone standing next to it taking orders for immediate delivery. Remember when car manufacturers used to do that? Ferrari might actually still do that..

Mr Tidy

5,804 posts

58 months

Saturday 16th December 2017
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What a POS!

If Toyota are serious about a new Supra they could at least be enthusiastic about it! laugh

Wadeski

6,524 posts

144 months

Saturday 16th December 2017
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PunterCam said:
Half a dozen comments is about all this teaser pish deserves.

Want to sell cars Toyota? Unveil it at the show with no leaked anything, with someone standing next to it taking orders for immediate delivery. Remember when car manufacturers used to do that? Ferrari might actually still do that..
Back when all motoring information was channeled through one or two print publications per country and one days national newspaper, that works.

Today, where news lasts about 3hrs on digital platforms before being superseded by the next rumor / story / sandal / discussion putting all your eggs on a big reveal is a risk no one will take.

Maldini35

1,659 posts

119 months

Sunday 17th December 2017
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This is the reality

Those pining for the good old days clearly don’t have their careers resting on the success or failure of a new car launch

Attilauk

36 posts

146 months

Monday 18th December 2017
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ukaskew said:
It feels like we're speeding towards a road-based top tier category in WEC/Le Mans. Quite a few manufacturers now have road cars on the way that appear to be extreme enough to be a big step towards that happening.
Daily Sportscar were reporting this a couple of months ago, it is believed that there will be a shift over the next few years to include 'GT Proto' cars in the LMP1 class, apparently Toyota, Ford, Aston and Mclaren are very interested in this.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/10/23/new-2020-...

stuckmojo

1,883 posts

119 months

Monday 18th December 2017
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moffspeed said:
Meanwhile rival manufacturers Nissan and Aston Martin have announced that they will be unveiling similar concept cars based on their LMP-1 contenders at the Tokyo show.

Based on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo and the Aston AMR-One models company spokesmen for both companies stated that these cars were designed for the discerning owner who valued rarity rather than outright speed. Both cars would be available in limited numbers whilst warranty would be limited to 200 miles and free roadside assistance would be part of the bespoke package.
Very good. For a second I took it seriously. But considering how ashamed Ghosn was about that FWD joke of a car, I reckon it'd be him to pay people to destroy the 2 units built and pay the press never to speak of them again smile