WRC motorsport news; Toyota makes its comeback
1999 was the year when Toyota ended its association with WRC. That was the year that Toyota also won the WRC title, and ended its association on a high. Now, Toyota has announced that they will compete in the 2017 WRC. After stepping away from WRC, Toyota expanded its motorsports activities to Formula 1 and Le Mans. Now on their return, hopefully all the newly acquired knowledge will help them win World titles in rallying again.
The car they revealed is the WRC Yaris, which hopes to get Toyota the glory, which the Celica GT-4 had given them. The car is powered by a beastly (VERY BEASTLY) 1.6 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that bangs out 300 BHP and 420 NM of torque. All that power is transferred to the wheels by a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The tyres are Michelins, which change according to the requirement depending on the type of surface. The brakes too are changed depending on the surface. 300mm Discs are used on gravel, and 55mm bigger ones on tarmac. That is enough stopping power for an engine where the turbo pressure is 2.5 Bar.
Toyota also plans to conduct a young drivers training program, to hunt for new talent to steer their cars to success. Even though the Japanese company is set to enter the competitive stage in 2017, they have already run preliminary tests on the Yaris. The tests were conducted by young drivers on gravel as well as tarmac, though no results were mentioned.
Rallying requires a lot of endurance from the car as well as from the driver. The conditions that they drive in, are extreme. It would be a matter of time to see if the Japanese manufacturer still can get back to its long lost glory after 19 years.
Watch this space for updates!