Toyota presents a new sports car at Le Mans. Is it the GR Prius?

Toyota think big for the 100th anniversary of 24 Hours of Le Mans. The most famous endurance race in the world to be held on 10 and 11 June will see the Japanese brand as protagonist both during the competition and in the paddock.

For the occasion, in fact, the Toyota Gazoo Racing team is ready to present a concept unpublished, anticipated by a photo teaser.

A hydrogen supercar?

Very little is known about this prototype. The image only reveals a bumper, with two LED headlights on each side, a large grille and aerodynamic fins positioned on the sides of the car.

The presence of the license plate suggests that this is an existing production model or one that will arrive in the coming months. Given that Yaris, Corolla and Supra (in addition to the GR86) already have GR variants, the renewed Prius could be the protagonist of this “vitaminizing” cure.

His characteristics? Toyota limits itself to saying that the concept “will be equipped with a number of technologies developed during the various participations in motor championships around the world”.

The Toyota GR Prius teaser
The new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

A small clue, in addition to the shape of the bumper very similar to the new Prius, comes from the fact that the presentation of the prototype is part of a series of events created by Toyota to celebrate carbon neutrality in Japan and which will be held during the week race end at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

the basis of this hypothesis GR Prius concepttherefore, there may be a “clean” powertrain, perhaps a hydrogen, one of Toyota’s workhorses. For some time, in fact, the Japanese company has been using hydrogen as fuel for the internal combustion engines of some racing cars such as the GR Corolla and the GR Yaris. The latter performed at Rally Belgium in 2022 with none other than Akio Toyoda behind the wheel.

Although the brand is increasingly shifting its attention to electric power, it is likely that it always wants to focus on this type of engine, even if for the moment there are no concrete projects for an application on a production car.

Source: Italia – News by

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