The highly anticipated Le Mans hypercar class is set to launch later this year, and that means street versions of the prototypes of racing cars will be upon us soon. According to the LMH homologation rules, car manufacturers must create at least 20 street legal versions. One of the coolest is likely to be the Toyota GR Super Sport with 986 hp, but with production so limited, not everyone who wants one will be able to buy one.
Toyota will carefully choose who receives and has the privilege Issue a questionnaire for potential buyers with some interesting inquiries. For one thing, Toyota wants to know your story of owning cars, and they don’t mean the ancestral Tercel you had in high school. You want to know exactly if you’ve ever owned a Toyota 2000GT or Lexus LFA, but leave room for 10 other candidates.
For those unfamiliar, the 1967-70 Toyota 2000GT was Jan’s first premium sports car, which at the time cost more than a Porsche 911. Reviews of the time were very positive, but the handcrafted car sold poorly since Toyota was not yet an established brand outside of Jan. In the past few years, the 337 units built have sold for between $ 900,000 and $ 1.2 million.
Production of the Lexus LFA surpassed the 2000GT, but not by much. Only 500 were made, and Toyota even built its own carbon fiber loom to weave body parts. The rev-hpy 552-horsepower V10 (or 571 if you have one of 50 Nürburgring versions) is considered to be one of the best (and best-sounding) engines of the era. Even famous Lexus haters Jeremy Clarkson called it The best car he has ever driven.
Admittedly, that would be pretty impressive stable mates for a GR Super Sport. Toyota is clearly looking for connoisseurs of fine Aichi steel to make the cut. Toyota also asks what racing licenses the prospective buyer might have, how often they drive on the track, and how much they are involved in motorsport (answers range from watching TV to owning a racing team). Toyota wants the GR Super Sport’s twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain to be used as intended.
It’s not uncommon for suppliers of exotic luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin to choose their limited-edition car customers, but this is the first time Toyota has been this selective. It’s also a rare glimpse into what a car maker is looking for in potential hypercar buyers. If you think you have what it takes, fill out the box Poll on Toyota’s website.