Autocar April 28, 2021

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1 min
toyota’s hypercar is born purely of passion

CONTRARY TO belief, Toyota doesn’t have to build a hypercar. Sure, when the GR Super Sport (p6) was first previewed in 2018, it was intended to serve as a ‘homologation special’ for the firm’s forthcoming Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) racer. But the LMH rules have changed and competing cars no longer need a roadgoing equivalent. There’s no reason for the GR Super Sport to still exist. There’s no reason any mainstream car firm needs to build a hypercar. Brilliantly, though, the GR Super Sport does still exist – and that’s a huge credit to Toyota. A brand that not long ago was content to churn out middling mass-market fare has been revitalised through its Gazoo Racing line of GR performance models - and that whole line has been developed for passion…

4 min
toyota crowns gr line-up with 1000bhp hypercar

Toyota will top its growing range of GR performance cars with the 986bhp GR Super Sport hypercar, which is due to arrive next year with a plug-in hybrid powertrain developed from the firm’s Le Mans 24 Hours-winning endurance prototypes. The Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie rival will be the flagship model for Toyota’s GR performance car range, which now includes the GR Supra, GR Yaris and new GR 86. It will also serve to firmly link Toyota’s World Endurance Championship programme to its road cars. Company boss Akio Toyoda has put a major emphasis on reinforcing the connection between Toyota’s various motorsport projects and its road-going models. The decision to make the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive two-seat GR Super Sport was originally approved and announced in 2018, when the planned new Le Mans…

1 min
key le mans hypercar rivals

Ferrari Ferrari claims development and simulation work are already under way on the hybrid hypercar that it will take to the grid at Le Mans in 2023. Technical details remain under wraps, as are the drivers earmarked for the seat, but with Maranello planning to launch its first EV in 2025, it is likely to use topflight endurance racing as a test bed and promotional tool for the next generation of Ferrari supercars. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus The outlandish SCG 007 is the wild card 2021 LMH entry from American specialist Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, using a non-electrified 3.5-litre V8 from French firm Pipo Moteurs. The company has already confirmed that it will build 20 to 30 road cars, which are expected to sell for around £1.6 million each and will be propelled by an…

2 min
williams and italdesign off er firms ‘turn-key’ ev package

WILLIAMS ADVANCED Engineering (WAE), the Formula 1 team’s technical division, has partnered Italian styling house Italdesign on a new high-performance EV architecture that will be offered to customers as a full ‘turn-key’ package. Designed for car makers seeking a highly capable EV in a production run of 500-10,000 units per year, it is based on WAE’s new lightweight EVX architecture, which the British firm says is capable of being used for GTs, crossovers and saloons. The platform combines recycled composite materials with aluminium and differs from many in that the battery casings are integrated into the body structure, with the front and rear chassis structures then mounted to that carbon-composite unit. WAE claims that this design gives greater flexibility of layout, sets new standards for torsional stiffness and offers more freedom for a…

2 min
emira is lotus’s ice swansong

Lotus’s first all-new series-production car in 12 years is a final “celebration of the glories of combustion” before the storied British firm enters its electrified future. Taking the name Emira, which means ‘commander’ in several ancient languages, it will be revealed on 6 July. Along with the Evija electric hypercar (driven, p20), the new Emira, developed under the Type 131 codename and designed to revive the spirit of the Esprit, will kick-start a major product offensive from Hethel under its ongoing Vision 80 revival plan. Future models from the Geely-owned firm will be based on one of four new platforms, including a premium one that will spawn its first SUV and one for electric sports cars. It had been rumoured that the Emira would be a hybrid but, as first reported by Autocar (3…

1 min
new hr-v coming to uk as 129bhp hybrid

THE NEW HONDA HR-V will arrive in Europe later this year, packing 129bhp and 187lb ft from a slightly uprated version of the Jazz supermini’s e:HEV powertrain. A 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle atmo petrol engine serves primarily as a generator for a pair of front-mounted electric motors, which are the main driving force in the vast majority of situations. The combustion unit takes over during high-speed cruising, for example. Sitting atop Honda’s Small Car Platform, the third-generation crossover majors on space efficiency and minimalistic design. It rides 10mm higher than the old HR-V and has a 20mmlower roofline, while rear leg room has been extended by 35mm and the flat boot floor ensures comparable capacity. Official performance and economy details are due to be announced in the coming months, along with full UK prices and specifications.…