In exciting news this morning, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced they will be returning to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017, the first time they have competed in the discipline since 1999. The new rally vehicle is based on the Toyota Yaris hatchback and will be developed and tested by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG). Between 1973 and 1999, Toyota won 43 WRC rallies, and won the championship three times. We are very excited to see their return to the sport, this only brings good news for racing fans seeing major manufacturers return to the game.
The new Yaris WRC car measures 3,910mm in length and 1,820mm in width. In line with global racing stipulations, it will run a 1.6-liter direct-injection turbo engine. The car will run on Michelin tires and test drivers thus far have been, Stéphane Sarrazin, Sebastian Lindholm and Eric Camilli. Official drivers for the 2017 have not yet been announced.
We’ll have more information as it develops. More at Toyota.com.
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