Toyota set for WRC comeback?

Toyota: Medium to longer-term there is a degree of logic in the WRC...

Toyota could return to the World Rally Championship in the next few years, it is being reported.

Toyota began testing a 1.6-litre turbo-charged powerplant this week at its HQ in Cologne and while its current focus is on the FIA World Endurance Championship, a spokesperson for the manufacturer told the official WRC site that rallying is on the firm's radar, in the 'medium to long term'.

“We're leaning towards an S2000-style of car which would be available for customers first,” a TMG spokesperson explained.

“This is a development project, but it's very early days - the engine only fired up for the first time a few weeks ago - at the very earliest, a car won't be available until next year.

“Obviously, this being a Global Race Engine, it could go in any car, but the Yaris seems to make sense.”

“Medium to longer-term there is a degree of logic in the WRC,” he added. “We have been there [the WRC] and this is a step back into rallying.”

Rumours of a Toyota return last surfaced back in June 2010 [see separate story - HERE], although then a deal with Prodrive was mooted. Prodrive is, of course, now involved with the MINI WRC programme, although the relationship with BMW has soured somewhat this year, with the Banbury-based outfit no longer running the manufacturer entry. Instead it has been reduced to the position of a 'works-supported privateer'.

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April 07, 2012 9:53 AM
Last Edited 1933 days ago

Well if you ask me BMW better start being nice to Prodrive or I can see a nice little Lucrative contract going Prodrives way, they need to get back round the Table and quick before the Japs get in there Prodrive have done wonders with the Mini and it would be a shame to loose them at the expense of Toyota, but there are not too many Teams with the experience and capability of Prodrive let alone the facilities Its a shame Toyota Team Europe closed their doors to Rallying, TTE were always part of the furniture in the WRC, even if they were lets say a bit naughty in 95 - lol, but their days with the Corolla were quite good, it would be great to see Toyota Return to the WRC properly with a healthy Budget

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