New Toyota GR Yaris – WRC homologation particular set for January 2020 reveal
The homologation mannequin can be referred to as Toyota GR Yaris relatively than taking the title of the Yaris GR-Four prototype within the official teaser pictures. Regardless of sharing a reputation with the usual Yaris hatch, it can function dramatic proportional modifications over the bubbly supermini on which it’s primarily based. Immediately seen are the decrease roofline and closely flared wheelarches, however the modifications are because of go deeper, with new suspension pick-up factors, a wider observe and new rear axle within the works too.
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> New Toyota Yaris GRMN evaluation – expensive however potent debut for Gazoo Racing model
A teaser video provides us a primary glimpse on the mannequin in motion, with none aside from Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda on the helm. Although tremendous particulars are nonetheless hidden beneath the model’s Gazoo Racing camouflage, the video gives us a have a look at the entrance and aspect of the hatch, revealing using a wheel, tyre and suspension setup similar to that of a WRC racer – raised suspension, generously-sized mud flaps, rally-spec wheels and off-road tyres can all be seen.
The quick movie additionally provides us a preview of the mannequin’s rowdy exhaust sound, and though the main points are nonetheless to be introduced, it does verify using a 4-pot energy plant – the sound of the mannequin’s spirited departure additionally hints at using a handbook gearbox, on this improvement automotive, at the very least. New angles within the movie give us a greater have a look at the widened rear arches, one thing that’s additionally carried by means of to the entrance through a bigger aspect sill, the place bigger, extra aggressive intakes are integrated into the entrance bumper.
Though the usual Yaris is front-wheel drive within the UK, sure fashions within the Japanese home market can be found with an all-wheel-drive system, one thing that requires a extra subtle multi-link rear axle to facilitate it. This could be one thing this high-performance GR Yaris model will function, no matter whether or not it utilises all-wheel drive or not. The decrease roofline will even doubtless profit the WRC automotive’s aero package deal, decreasing the frontal part and making a extra appropriate mounting level for the inevitable stacked rear wing.
Why go to all the trouble and expense of re-engineering issues such because the roofline and axles for a homologation particular? Gazoo Racing’s 2020 Yaris WRC automotive differs a lot from the usual Yaris that this homologation mannequin will should be produced. In distinction to previous Group N WRC guidelines, which required a restricted variety of intently associated road-going examples to be produced as a way to comply (suppose early Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution or Subaru WRX), as we speak’s guidelines permit a wider chasm between the highway and rally variations. Enterprise outdoors these limitations, as Toyota Gazoo Racing appears to be like to have performed, and a far larger manufacturing run is required to homologate the race automotive.
As such, the GR Yaris won’t be restricted to only a few hundred models, as an alternative Toyota might want to produce a full 25,00zero subsequent yr as a way to adjust to WRC rules. Additional particulars, together with these concerning the powertrain, stay frustratingly absent, however a launch occasion is ready for early subsequent yr.
Because the French look to be out of the supermini sizzling hatch sport with an unsure future surrounding sizzling variations of the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208, it’d properly be Toyota that brings new life into one among our favorite efficiency automotive segments.