WRC » Toyota confirms rally return, launches Yaris R1A

Toyota launches the TMG Yaris R1A developed 'specifically to provide an affordable, exciting entry into rallying for competitors' young and old'

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August 14, 2012 12:42 PM

I can see Loeb being possibly interested in this, in the way that Gronholm ended his career with Ford but then helped and courted Prodrive with the Subaru Hatch

Loeb says he is not motivated by money and doesnt need any more of it, he will stop when he is no longer interested in competing in the sport

Maybe if he joins Toyota as Ogier has done with VW, it will leave somone else to win Rallies and it will help Toyota get upto speed with a WRC Car and thus ensure they do not miss out on a successful return to sport while making it a new challenge for Loeb

Corsica Carl - Unregistered

August 14, 2012 2:08 PM

Loeb will never drive for another manufacturer (unless he continues and Citroen do not). Why would he ? He will retire before change of marque.

Now with Toyota seemingly back into the mix, all we need now is the return of Mitsubishi or Subaru. That would be nice !! :-)


August 14, 2012 8:20 PM

You're right, but initial intention of TMG is to get to WRC back one day (I think it was planned for 2014). This R1 project is to make some money and gather modern rallying experience on the way I guess.


August 14, 2012 9:25 PM

In case everybody hasn't noticed WRC isn't doing so well. To have a new Manufacturer come in at ANY level is great news for the WRC. Brilliant move on Toyota's part as this will build relationships with entry level up and comers. Typical Toyota long-range planning.

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