Toyota GR Prius concept pays tribute to 24 Hours of Le Mans – aero package, wider track, carbon bonnet

Toyota GR Prius concept pays tribute to 24 Hours of Le Mans – aero package, wider track, carbon bonnet

Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Toyota has unveiled a very sporty version of its latest Prius. Officially known as the Prius 24h Le Mans Centennial GR Edition, the model pays tribute to the historic endurance race and its role in the Japanese carmaker’s development of racing hybrid technology since 2012.

Toyota has secured five consecutive Le Mans wins since 2018 and is currently the defending champion, with the GR010 Hybrid competing this year to hopefully extend the streak with a sixth straight victory.

That hybrid race car is the inspiration for the GR-modified Prius you see here, which features several motorsport-inspired parts. These include a carbon-fibre bonnet and an aerodynamic package consisting of new side skirts, front canards, a large rear wing and a prominent rear diffuser.

Compared to a standard Prius, the GR Edition comes with extended wheel arches to accommodate the wider track resulting from new suspension hardware paired with 235/50 profile Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres and black 18-inch wheels.

Toyota also swapped out the front bumper for one with a wide, rectangular grille as well as a lip spoiler and square clusters of LED headlamps, the last of which is reminiscent of the headlamps on its GR010 Hybrid. No mention was made if the hybrid powertrain has been altered for more performance.

If you’re wondering why the GR Edition is parked next to the a Mazda MX-30 R-EV, it’s because both companies, together with the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) are holding an exhibition at the Manufacturers’ Village of Le Mans.

In 1991, ‘Japan. Endless Discovery’ was a JNTO initiative that was carried out in the year Mazda fielded the legendary 787B that won Le Mans, becoming the only Japanese carmaker to do so at the time. Today, Toyota is the only Japanese car brand to compete in the endurance race, so the exhibition pays homage to this legacy and serves as a platform to showcase the goal of a carbon-neutral society.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • Lagonda on Jun 07, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Toyota only won because all other major competitors dropped out of the competition at Le Mans.
    The funny thing is, that they are so proud that their works team was able to win over amateuers.. :D

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    • 4GR-FSE on Jun 07, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Only Toyota has the financial strength to continue their WEC campaign, so who to blame.. heh..
      The trophy is there up for grab. Can’t blame Toyota when the others doesn’t have the money to play the game..

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      • Rgt_7482B on Jun 07, 2023 at 11:26 pm

        Then why Toyota dropped out of Formula 1?
        Even they are so rich, they lost every F1 race? :D

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  • Alice on Jun 07, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    That’s a great scale of GR Prius compared to the Mazda MX-30 parked beside.

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  • SubiDesign on Jun 07, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    Tak perlu.

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