Toyota’s racing arm–Toyota Motorsport GmbH–has been involved in the sport for years. In fact, it has been involved in various rallies and has won various manufacturer’s titles in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
Despite winning first place in the manufacturer’s arm of the competition in 1993, 1994, and 1999, the company seized World Rally Championship racing thereafter. Alongside its success in rally, the company also participated in Le Mans, where in 2012 it announced its return to the series after more than 10 years of inactivity.
Fast-forward a bit to late 2013 and Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced a brand new rally car. The rally car, based on Toyota’s GT86, has been called the GT86 CS-R3 rally car. It has been developed to participate in the R3 Class of the WRC.
Specifications for the car include a six-speed sequential gearbox, a limited slip differential, new brakes, a modified engine, and enhanced aerodynamics–amongst others. The CS-R3 will boast a rear-wheel-drive setup.
More details on the car will be revealed in later months.
This return is potentially the start of something great. Who knows where Toyota will be in the next few years.