The hypercar/supercar wars are heating up, and the mid-engine C8 Corvette has a new rival to worry about: a Toyota hypercar. The Japanese automaker confirmed its intentions to build a hypercar based on the GR Super Sport on Friday ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Per Toyota, the hypercar will carry a lot of influence from its LMP1 program in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
“We started this project because we believe that creating a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid greatly adds to Toyota’s involvement in the WEC,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama. “And at some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance.”
The GR Super Sport boasts a 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with an electric-drive system to provide a total power output around 1,000 horsepower.
Perhaps not so coincidentally, the mid-engine Corvette may also have a power figure around the four-digit mark. Recent reports suggest the C8 Corvette will eventually add an electrified mid-engine car to the lineup with an all-wheel-drive system to make 1,000 hp.
It’s unclear when the C8 Corvette will officially break cover, but our bet is on next year. Toyota said its hypercar will arrive after the new Supra, which is expected to debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.