WRC » Toyota to team up with Prodrive for 2011?

One is looking for a way to rebuild a global reputation that has taken a battering over the last twelve months, the other is eager to return to the international rallying stage - could Toyota and Prodrive be a match made in heaven in 2011..?

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Dafudd Larcombe - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 1:10 PM

This is great news for the sport,Im Glad Prodrive and another Big Manufacturer are back in the WRC

I hope they learned from the Recent problems they incured with the Japs at Subaru HQ which ultimately caused the demise of their cars performance over the last few seasons

I hope that thier relationship with Toyota is a more understanding and respecful on, Ove Anderson had a simular challenge with Japan in the late 80s and seemed to manage to maintain unrestricted freedom

Im sure they have everything covered and will be Eager to get back to winning ways again soon

It will be interesting to see if Petter once again becomes a Banbury Employee now he proved that he wasnt the problem


June 21, 2010 2:04 PM

Was thinking only the other day that the Toyota S2000 project disappeared into thin air, and was wondering what happened to it.

Would be great if this could happen. However there does not seem that much substance in the story. Will believe it when there is more to it...


June 21, 2010 3:16 PM

note the question mark. richards has already committed to bmw via MINI,(he has minis in his workshop) and is hardly likely to take on another team. TTE ran their own teams before the scandal, and as they are no longer involved in f1, i cannot see toyota farming out the work to an independent body

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 8:56 PM

Sounds like a load of b*ll*cks to me.

I read the story in one of the Sunday papers yesterday.

By all previous accounts, Prodrive had done a deal to prepare and run Mini Crossfires in the WRC.

Additionally, whilst Toyota are clearly evaluating a WRC return, they have a fantastic facility of there own, TTE in Cologne which they have previously used to prepare and base their WRC cars.

Someone's added 2 and 2 together and got 5.

Would be great to see Toyota back though. Never understood why they left for F1 in the first place. Plus, the WRC needs new manufacturers desperately.

Martin - Unregistered

June 22, 2010 3:18 AM

The WRC needs this as well as cars with more "Noise" and lots of "car movement" aka sideways etc. The tidy driving of the current cars are boring as bat**** to watch I'm affraid.

Taz - Unregistered

June 22, 2010 8:48 AM


Think we're all agreed on that, active diffs ruined rallying.

And who on earth thought a mini clubman rally car was a good idea...or is that a windup ?

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