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News Toyota Gazoo Racing Introduces The All-New GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar

Toyota Gazoo Racing Introduces The All-New GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar

Toyota’s new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar might be bigger and heavier than the car it replaces but it’ll still be hyper-competitive


  • It will compete in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

  • The hybrid powertrain’s twin-turbo V6 engine puts out 680 horsepower and the front motor-generator is good for 272 horsepower.

  • A street-version is still planned for the near future.


Toyota’s experience an impressive amount of success at Le Mans. They are in fact the reigning World Champions and three-time winners. The previous TS050 HYBRID Le Mans racecar was incredibly fast and has served as a test-bed for the new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar.

New cost-cutting regulations mean that the GR010 is not as powerful as the TS050. The GR010 hybrid powertrain’s consist of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine that puts out 680 horsepower to the rear wheels. The front motor-generator, which runs the front wheels, produces 272 horsepower. Despite the potential output, the system is capped at 680 horsepower. We think the Gazoo Racing production street version will be uncapped…

Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar | Photo: Toyota

The GR010 is actually 32% down on power and weighs 162 kg (357 lb) more than the TS050. The new car is also longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing model. All of this will contribute to a Le Mans lap time that is expected to be about 10 seconds slower.

The 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will be fought over six races on three continents, beginning with the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 19 prior to the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (May 1st) and the season highlight, the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 12-13. The first World Championship endurance race in Monza since 1992 takes place on July 18 before trips to Fuji Speedway (September 26) and Bahrain (November 20), all of which are six-hour contests.

Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar | Photo: Toyota

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