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GP Week : Issue 149
WRC >>> news TOYOTA'S 86 RALLY PROJECT LAUNCHED Toyota’s new rally program for the rear-drive 2-lire normally-aspirated 86 sports car was launched last weekend at the Tour de Kyushu, an all-asphalt round of the national All-Japan championship in the south of the country. The driver was little known Tatsuhiko Tsutsui, but the car was prepared by the Toyota President’s personal Gazoo Racing team. Support for activity in the All-Japan rally series is part of the development plan for the joint Toyota- Subaru-Scion two-door coupe car project, in which a four wheel drive version of the car is being considered by Subaru. The car features a Subaru flat- four engine. Meanwhile there is uncertainty as to the significance of recent publicity released by Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Toyota’s official competition facility in Cologne, concerning their work on a Global 1.6 litre turbocharged direct injection engine. This news infers that this will be the gateway to Toyota’s return to the WRC and that this engine would be used in the chassis of the Yaris. The Yaris however is currently too small a car to be homologated by the FIA under S2000 rules. Super 2000 homologation is a necessary stepping-stone before the car could then be used as the base for a World Rally Car version. Such a step would first demand the formation and then registration at the FIA of an official manufacturer’s team. 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: