Toyota will debut its new GT86 CS-R3 rally car at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the 9th round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The competition is split into 18 stages, covers 274 km and will run from August 21 to 24, 2014.
The car itself was developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) and marks the Japanese automaker’s rallying roots during the 1980s with the Celica TA64 Twin-Cam Turbocharged rally car.
The prototype version of the car will act as the official “pathfinder” for the competition, driving ahead of the pack for safety tests. The finished car, that will be released next year, will be a practical competition car that will cater to private customers that may want to participate in all levels of the motor sport. Isolde Holderied, a double women’s world rally champion, will drive the CS-R3 and tasked to evaluate the performance of the car so as to make the final adjustments before its sale next year.
“It’s important to say that the GT86 CS-R3 which Isolde will drive is not the finished article; we need the data from Rallye Deutschland to finalize our development program. But it does represent a significant step in the GT86 CS-R3 story and gives a clear indication to our future customers that this project is progressing quickly”, said Nico Ehlert, TMG Principal Engineer – Customer Motorsport.
The 2.0L boxer engine found in the CS-R3 is now able to produce 243PS to 253PS with a modified ECU and a readjusted cam-lift and compression ratio. It is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox that is connected to a racing clutch, a lightweight flywheel along with a limited slip differential.
Other modifications include adjustable Reiger shock absorbers for Tarmac or Gravel settings, a HJS racing exhaust and exhaust manifold, a 75-liter FT3 fuel cell, homologated R3 roll cage and 2 sets of O.Z. wheels, 17-inch wheels for Tarmac and 15-inch wheels for Gravel.
The car will go on sale during the first quarter of 2015 and will only be available in kit form. Pricing of the car has not been announced, but will be expected to be in the price range of other R3 spec rally cars.