Finnish Japanese wing Monster

Cologne, 14 December 2016

You're back. After 17 years, Toyota once again enters the big stage of the World Rally Championship. With baggage: the most aggressive and brutal WRC car that ever existed. Also interesting: The motor sports program to affect also the athletic abilities of the street cars.

380 HP in the monster-Yaris

Having already competition from Hyundai and Ford recently 2017 lifted the veil on their rally cars for the season, we now know which usage device around the four-time World Rally champion Tommi Mäkinen, the Toyota team enters next year at the start. The Yaris WRC is only 4.09 metres long, but looks like a formula 1 car would have mated with a transformers character. Visually, the Toyota is the most extreme WRC car that we've gotten so far to face. It makes the small 1.6 liter turbo engine on whopping 380 HP and 425 nm of torque. The WRC regulations 2017 has been revised for the season fully and now more power and a Wilder aerodynamics admits what benefit especially the fans at the track.

Latvala and Hänninen as driver

As a driver for the "Toyota Gazoo racing WRC Team" two Finns Juho Hänninen and Jari-Matti Latvala to go with their respective co-drivers at the start. The fledgling WRC2 champion Esapekka Lappi, who joins from Skoda Toyota acts as a substitute - and test driver. Whether in the course of the season 2017 a third Yaris WRC for Lappi is used, is not yet clear. Especially Latvala to drive success for the Finnish Japanese Coalition, it comes directly from the reigning world champion of VW, has abruptly ended his WRC commitment after the end of the 2016er season. So far, Latvala can look back on 16 victories and 57 podium placements. Also the drivers world champion by 2016 Sébastien Ogier took for test drives in the Yaris WRC seat, Fiesta WRC of the M-sports teams but decided after the discontinuation of VW but for a change in the Ford.

Planned new sporty top-Yaris

WRC commitment to pay for the street cars for Toyota. So, the Japanese plan to bring a sporty version of the Yaris to market. On a first drawing, a striking color scheme, as well as a small roof spoiler can be seen. The sport variant will serve as the top model in the Yaris range. So far, the strongest Yaris 99 horsepower and 12.990 euros. (mf)