Making its debut next month at the ADAC RallyE Deutschland, ninth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship, will be Toyota’s new GT86 CS-R3 rally car. Making a return to their rallying roots, this competitive version of the award winning GT86 was engineered by TMG, and features rear-wheel drive performance echoing that of the Celica TA64 Twin-cam Turbo of the 1980s.
Amplifying on their “fun to drive, again” theme, although this prototype CS-R3 is breaking ground at the high profile WRC Event as the official “pathfinder” zero car, the finished car will be available as a cost effective competition model for private customers to use at any competitive level.
Isolde Holderied, double women’s world rally champion will be driving the GT86 CS-R3 rally car and will be evaluating its performance so any necessary design changes can be made prior to homologation to international R3 competition criteria.
Engineering by Toyota Motorsport (TMG)
Focussed in reducing weight, ensuring safety, reliability and fun - the CS-R3 benefits from a sequential shift six-speed transmission and a limited-slip rear differential, together with a weight-optimised safety cage, all designed to FIA requirements.
TMG has also sourced tailor-made wiring looms and motorsport engine ECUs, and market-leading Tarmac and gravel suspension kits have been developed.
It’s expected that the first customer’s cars will be available in kit form early 2015.