The vehicle has been engineered by Toyota Motorsport (TMG) and retains its rear-wheel-drive, echoing that of the Celica TA64 Twin-cam Turbo of the 1980s.
The decision to build this car is to align the motorsport aspect of Toyota with the brands new “fun to drive, again” theme that runs through its new product range. The model taking part in the WRC is just a prototype with the aim of producing a cost-effective competition model for private customers to participate in motorsport.
The vehicle’s official job is to act as the “pathfinder” zero car, which is driven by double women’s world rally champion, Isolde Holderied, through each stage as a safety test immediately ahead of the field.
The FIA R3 class - in which the car will eventually compete - allows modifications to be made to the two-litre boxer engine. These include changes to the software and to physical elements such as the cam-lift and compression ratio, which is expected to increase the unit’s output, from between 176kW and 184kW. Power will be sent through a sequential shift six-speed transmission and a limited-slip rear differential, together with a weight-optimised safety cage, designed to FIA requirements.
The first customer cars will be available in kit form during the first quarter of 2015, with prices expected to be comparable with other R3 cars. Prices will be announced following confirmation of final specifications.