At the same time as Toyota has taken the wraps off the Yaris WRC in Helsinki this week, the company has announced its return to the hot hatch market.
The Japanese carmaker says it will use experience gained from its return to the World Rally Championship to both develop and improve its road car technology and expand the Yaris range with a new performance-focused model.
With the start of the season in Monte Carlo just over a month away, Toyota engineers say they have spent thousands of hours in the workshop and on the testing programme, focusing on the single goal of getting the new Yaris WRC car ready for the first rally in the 2017 calendar.
“The Yaris WRC is a well-designed car with incredible potential,” said team boss, Tommi Mäkinen. “The new regulations allow for much greater freedom in terms of development. Although we have yet to explore all the possibilities, we can say that the car is reliable and quick. I really can’t wait to see the results in racing conditions.”
The car is powered by a 375 bhp, 1.6-litre engine that delivers over 314 lb-ft of torque.