New Toyota concept is a Le Mans racer for the road

New Toyota concept is a Le Mans racer for the road

"An electric motor generates a tremendous amount of torque, while the high revs of an engine gives long acceleration", Shigeki Tomoyama, a Toyota executive vice president and head of the GAZOO Racing in-house company responsible for sports auto development, said after the unveiling of the new vehicle.

This is a V6 hybrid concept auto, but it's about as far from a Camry as Toyota can get. Beneath the beautifully flowing and original form are a V6 twin turbocharger and a Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R) powertrain, which have been honed through actual racing. Put some decals on it, and you'd swear it was a racing auto.

Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama said the concept was a "starting point" for Toyota's plan to develop sports cars from active race cars.

Tomoyama references Toyota president Akio Toyoda's statement a year ago in summing up the philosophy driving the development.

"Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars".

"Even as electrification and IT technologies accelerate, the availability of different types of cars, including polar opposite models like the GR Super Sport Concept and the e-Palette Concept, means that they will never become a commodity".

Toyota says that despite the move towards autonomous and electrified transportation, it has embarked on a journey to "make cars fun for the next 100 years".

Technology from the electrified petrol engine in the Super Sport could filter its way down to the company's forthcoming hybrid sports vehicle, due out late this year, the magazine says. Its appeal is more personal, like that of a much-loved horse to its owner.

We'd love to see the production version of the vehicle and you can expect Toyota to make one.

Just how Toyota will position the Gazoo brand is not yet clear, though performance versions of other cars in the Toyota stable have been given the GRMN label, which apparently stands for "Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurburgring".

The logo of Toyota Motor Corp is seen on a company's Corolla vehicle in Caracas October 25, 2017.

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