Described by its drivers as a return to “pure racing”, Toyota’s much-anticipated 2021 Le Mans hypercar has finally broken cover. Christened the GR010 Hybrid, it will race at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and in the World Endurance Championship.
In what the ACO is hoping will be the first signal of a new golden era in elite sports car competition, the Japanese marque became the first entrant to fully reveal its new Le Mans hypercar (LMH), ahead of rival teams Glickenhaus, ByKolles and Peugeot – which has only shown concept drawings ahead of its planned entry in 2022.
Development of the GR010 began as soon as the new LMH rules were confirmed 18 months ago. The hybrid racer has four-wheel drive, with a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 powering the rear axle with up to 680bhp. A motor-generator unit provides 270bhp to the front axle and recovers energy to charge the lithium-ion battery.