Toyota Yaris WRC
The Toyota Yaris WRC is a World Rally Car designed by Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT to compete in the World Rally Championship. The car is based on the Vitz-based XP130 Toyota Yaris, and is the first car Toyota have competed with in the WRC since withdrawing from the championship at the end of the 1999 season to focus on their Le Mans Prototype and Formula One programmes. The car is currently being driven by Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta.
|Category||World Rally Car|
|Predecessor||Toyota Corolla WRC (1997–1999)|
|Engine||Toyota Gazoo Racing 1.6 L (98 cu in) I4, 16-valve turbocharged|
|Transmission||6-speed hydraulic shift |
all wheel drive, active centre and mechanical front and rear differentials
|Fuel||Panta (Official fuel supplier of WRC)|
|Brakes||300mm gravel / 370mm asphalt|
|Competition history (WRC)|
|Notable entrants||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT|
|Debut||2017 Monte Carlo Rally|
|First win||2017 Rally Sweden|
|Last win||2021 Rally Italia Sardegna|
|Constructors' Championships||1 (2018)|
|Drivers' Championships||2 (2019, 2020)|
The car entered its testing and development phase in March 2014, ahead of its début in the 2017 season. Development and operation of the cars will be overseen by four-time World Drivers' Champion Tommi Mäkinen, and entered under the banner of Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT. The car made its first public appearance in May 2016 during testing in Palokka-Puuppola, with Mäkinen and Juho Hänninen driving. Toyota Gazoo Racing won the 2018 manufacturers' championship Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja won the 2019 drivers' and co-drivers' championships. A successor known as the Toyota GR Yaris WRC, based on the 2020 GR Yaris road car, was due to be introduced in 2021 but was later decided against in favour of sticking with the existing rally car.
World Rally Championship resultsEdit
|2018||FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||39||5||14||368|
|2019||FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers||Ott Tänak||13||6||9||263|
|FIA World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers||Martin Järveoja||13||6||9||263|
|2020||FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers||Sébastien Ogier||7||2||5||122|
|FIA World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers||Julien Ingrassia||7||2||5||122|
* Season still in progress.
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- Evans, David (19 March 2014). "Toyota start testing Yaris WRC ahead of potential return". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- Evans, David (20 March 2014). "Photos: Toyota tests new Yaris WRC for first time in Italy". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
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- Evans, David (4 May 2016). "Pictures of Toyota's WRC test car emerge from running in Finland". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- Benyon, Jack (8 February 2020). "Toyota begins testing with 2021 GR Yaris WRC contender". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
- Thukral, Rachit; Rauli, Giacomo (15 June 2020). "WRC News: Toyota decides against introducing GR Yaris for 2021". Autosport. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
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