Toyota GR Super Sport Concept Photo: Supplied

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Andrew Maclean | Dec, 18 2017 | 0 Comments

Toyota's performance credentials look set to get a massive boost with the Japanese brand teasing a new concept that borrows its technology from the automaker's Le Mans efforts

Called the GR Super Sport Concept, the new coupe will go on displapy at Tokyo Auto Salon in January, with Toyota claiming the car will owe much to its World Endurance Championship race cars.

It has yet to reveal any more details on the car, but says it is "one example of how technological feedback acquired through motorsports activities is incorporated" into its fleet of road-going machines.

What is clear from the shady image is the car will be based on its TS050 racer which won five of the eight rounds of the World Endurance Championship in 2017, but could not overhaul Porsche for the overall title or the coveted Le Mans 24 hour.

With that, the GR Super Sport Concept is likely to be powered by a high-tech 2.4-litre twin-turbo V6 with a complex hybrid system that, in the race car at least, produces more than 735kW.

If it makes it into limited production it will mirror the F1-powered Mercedes-AMG Project One as a hypercar with direct links to top-level motor sport competition, and would likely command a seven-figure pricetag.

The car also bolsters Toyota's commitment to the World Endurance Championship series, which has seen a number of prominent competitors withdraw from the top-level LMP1 category, including the factory-backed Audi and Porsche teams.

Toyota will continue as the only LMP1 manufacturer in the new-look 2018-2019 season, which will uniquely start and finish with the Le Mans 24 Hour race.

It also builds on the brand's promise to create more engaging, enthusiast-focused cars such as the next-gen Supra that is due to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

More details of the GR Super Sport concept will be revealed when the Tokyo Auto Salon - an annual event for high-performance and aftermarket vehicles - opens on January 12.

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