When Can we Expect to see the Toyota Hypercar?

Originally planned for a summer debut this year, Toyota Gazoo Racing have now stated that their hypercar can instead be expected to be seen in October.

It comes as little surprise that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is the reasoning behind this decision. Of course this keeps health and safety at the forefront, but it also allows for the debut to be (hopefully) unburdened from an atmosphere of strife which would no doubt steal the thunder from it if released in line with original summer plans. This was announced during an Instagram Live video between the technical boss of Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe (Pascal Vasselon) and Automobile Club de l’Ouest where he stated:

The fact that the first race of 2021 will be in March . . . gives us some time to work well; the hypercar will be on track in October . . . The initial idea was to start in July . . . but today’s situation has not allowed us to do that,” he explained. The decision is also compounded by longer lead times to source and commission components for the build. All things considered, logic dictates that the Toyota hypercar debut be pushed back to a more appropriate time like this.

You may have seen recently that this name (Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe) is a new iteration of the brand which was formally known as Toyota Motorsport GMBH. This is but just one example that reflects how even though races are not being held at this moment in time, the motorsport world keeps the cogs turning in many ways. See here for example how the current circumstances have led to a rise in iRacing and eSports and here to read more about how many car brands are adapting to help the world combat COVID-19.

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