Toyota is joining the competition to win Le Mans with their new supercar

And it is going to be a 1,000bhp hybrid which will be available as a Gazoo-badged road car. Dang.

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It started with Aston Martin, now even Toyota wants a slice of the action. On the eve of the 2019 Le Mans 24hrs, some of the biggest names from its hall of fame are committing to endurance racing’s future, as new regulations approach that give its top class of cars a much more road car slant.

So while is busy Aston is readying a Valkyrie racecar, hoping to win Le Mans 2021, Toyota is readying a direct rival based on the deeply promising GR Super Sport Concept (Gazoo Racing). Which, if you need a reminder, produces a nice 1,000bhp from a combination of V6 petrol power and electric motors. And you thought the new Supra was exciting.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing is delighted to confirm it will participate in the 2020-2021 season with a hybrid-powered prototype based on the GR Super Sport road car,” reads an official statement.

“Both road and race car are undergoing design and intensive development at the company’s technical centres in Toyota City, Higashi-Fuji and Cologne.”

Even if motorsport isn’t really your thing, a 1,000bhp Toyota supercar for the road really ought to be. Will find out more as soon as we can.

While we wait, Gazoo will undoubtedly be looking to strike another Le Mans victory with its LMP1 prototype. Pole position is naturally a good way to start…