Toyota’s program for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and for the future of endurance racing continues, thanks in part to the victories of the GR010 model. Plans to create a road version of this car, giving it the name of GR Super Sport, would have instead come to an end due to a disastrous accident..
According to reports Racer.com citing Japanese sources, Toyota was conducting tests on the Fuji circuit when the development car suffered a rather large accident, with extensive damage and flames engulfing the vehicle.. There would have been no consequences for the driver at that time driving, but the car, which was pre-production, was irretrievably lost. Today it is not necessary to build road cars to homologate the hypercars that can be entered in Le Mans, and therefore the early termination of this program does not affect the time schedule for the current and future WEC.
The car, in the open version, had covered a lap on the Le Mans circuit before the 2020 edition of the French 24 Hours. Driving was Alexander Wurz. The first ever concept was shown, in total white, in 2018. It should be remembered that the chances of having an ‘extended’ production of the vehicle were already particularly low even in recent months, although there is no doubt that the Japanese brand would have found some buyers even staying at altitudes lower than or equal to 10 vehicles. The decision was therefore taken with a lighter heart, considering that there was no obligation on Toyota’s part to continue the project.