Now that the new World Rally Championship season for 2017 is around the corner, we have a new rally car to introduce. Toyota Gazoo Racing has finally revealed their car for the upcoming motor contest season. Welcome to the world of the car that is capable of doubling up as an aircraft carrier takeoff platform; a racer that’s more than just a wing, albeit barely.
With the Yaris program set for at least another season, Toyota's most recent car looks like a viable contender. The Yaris WRC has a massive rear wing and numerous other crafty aero bodywork improvements. No surprises here, Toyota engineers are making full use of the new rules for the 2017 season.
For most WRC fans, this racer’s specs and functionalities shouldn’t be any surprising. It’s equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 that’s capable of hitting up to 375hp distributed through all the wheels. These power and displacement figures are also the limit for the upcoming racing season. The reported increase partially comes from opening up the car’s restrictor plate by up to 3mm.
The aerodynamics is also part of the latest WRC rules being implemented in 2017. Indeed, the new Yaris racing car’s massive wing wouldn’t have been allowed to go through tech inspections last season. The additional downforce coming out of all the brand new aerodynamic parts will certainly come in handy. Drivers of the 2017 season will push the limits even further and conquer the different terrains of any rally stage.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that these efforts by the WRC could also lead to another high-performance Toyota Yaris version. Autocar reported that the Fiesta ST, direct competition to Toyota's hot hatch, as having been confirmed. We're in for quite a show, it seems.
Now, just like many other hot hatches that many of us would love to see but will never get them out here, we have doubts that a performance Yaris is ever going to come stateside. However, with the kind of success we’ve seen with Ford’s Focus RS, maybe, just maybe, things are going to be changing sooner than we expected.