Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division has unveiled its latest endurace hypercar, the GR010.
The GR010 will compete in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), said the company.
Additionally, the car will help Toyota to better understand “hypercar technology” and how it can “help deliver more exciting sports cars to customers”.
“The GR010 Hybrid is a preview of our road-going cars. What we learn on the WEC race tracks will directly benefit our customers,” said Team President Hisatake Murata.
The car features four-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain – which includes a 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine.
This system produces 500kW to the rear wheels and 200kW from the motor generator unit to the front wheels.
“Total output is capped at 500kW, meaning the GR010 Hybrid’s sophisticated electronics reduce engine power according to the amount of hybrid boost deployed,” said Toyota.
It is interesting to note, however, that due to cost-cutting initiatives incorporated in WEC regulations, the GR010 is 162kg heavier and has 32% less power than its TS050 Hybrid predecessor – with Le Mans lap times expected to be around 10 seconds slower.
“It also has larger dimensions: 250mm longer, 100mm wider, and 100mm higher,” said Toyota.