Toyota's made a Le Mans vehicle for the road

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The GR Supersport concept draws inspiration from Toyota's LMP1 and you can see the exterior which resembles the LMP1 vehicle.

Meanwhile, over in the UK, Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has shown off improved cars and a revised driver line-up for its second championship season, which begins with the famed Rallye Monte Carlo on January 25-28.

The concept, unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, borrows the twin-turbo direct injection 2.4-litre V6 hybrid drivetrain from the TS050 Hybrid World Endurance Championship vehicle that holds the current-configuration Le Mans lap record - a 3:14.791 - but has not won the world's most punishing tarmac endurance race. Like the front grill, the rear also gets the same honeycomb grill design. Toyota has also hinted that this concept uses a fair amount of the same components which means that we are essentially looking at a road-legal hybrid sports auto.

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Think Toyota hybrids and it might be earnest but less than soul-stirring cars like the Prius that come to mind, but the automaker is betting a 986 HP electrified supercar will change your mind. And it appears to have been transplanted across undiluted, the Super Sport boasting 1,000bhp from a combination of twin-turbo 2.4-litre V6 and electric motors.

Toyota's continued participation in the WEC is seen as a highly beneficial and necessary project in terms of developing cutting-edge hybrid systems and EV systems.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is where the GR Super Sport Concept comes into play. "I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars". The product resulting from the GR Super Sport Concept experiment would be the opposite of that, and Toyota believes that the possibility of offering "polar opposite models" will mean that we should never get bored with its products.