FREE NEWSLETTER

Toyota optimistic about Yaris WRC

26 October 2016

Toyota is optimistic about its chances with the Yaris in next year’s World Rally Championship after extensive development of the 2017 Yaris WRC car.

The 2017 World Rally Championship is shaping up well with Toyota now officially joining the ranks after a gap of 16 years alongside new entrants Citroen and M-Sport to take on the current dominant champions Volkswagen and Hyundai which is becoming increasingly strong.

Developed by Tommi Makinen in Finland, the Yaris has been developed from a blank sheet of paper to comply with 2017’s exciting new WRC regulations, which bring more powerful and dynamic-looking cars. It has completed more than 10,000 km of testing ahead of its debut at January’s Monta Carlo Rally.

The team is already very upbeat about next year, Koei Saga, team vice-principal and senior managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, telling wrc.com that he believes strong results will be achieved with it. “The last time we had a victory at this competition was when I was the general manager of the motorsport section, and that is a long time ago,” he said. “Of course, things have changed and I had some concerns, but I could reassure myself that our staff are doing a really, really good job, a splendid job.

“I think, of course, we will confront many challenges but we from Japan, the headquarters staff, will support the team on site and we all share the ‘one team, one dream’ slogan. So I am very much convinced we will have good results and I’m very much looking forward to the competition.”

Partners

FERODO Racing Black background jpeg
DTAfast logo
CRP Group
Base Performance bps_logo_full_on_light_cmyk
ATL-UK-LOGO-FL-CL-01(1)

Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
20 Feb
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team reveals its C37 https://t.co/Pq3I7d2fL9
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 Feb
Biometric gloves coming to Formula 1 https://t.co/vMOftRd3N5
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 Feb
McLaren fires up MCL33 for the first time https://t.co/TbsjydAVB6
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 Feb
Williams reveals the FW41 https://t.co/Dg7oRqClW0
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
14 Feb
Haas reveals first 2018 F1 car images https://t.co/hJDCRm4WFt
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
14 Feb
Gibson Technology signs LMP1 engine contract with Rebellion Racing and ORECA https://t.co/wtuvAVjuwN
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
14 Feb
Is your loved one crazy about #Motorsport ? Then why not give them the perfect #valentinesDay gift… https://t.co/Ok3V0xKfQv
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
13 Feb
Lydden Hill to host Global Rallycross finale https://t.co/BziSXeUR91