Toyota announces TMG GT86 CS-R3 rally car

Toyota: The GT86 CS-R3 promises to be a thrilling car on the rally stages; with rear-wheel drive we can expect some dramatic action which is sure to be entertaining for drivers and fans alike...
Toyota is to develop a GT86 R3 rally car as part of its customer motorsport programme, it has been confirmed.

The rear-wheel drive sports car will be converted to R3 specification and made available to private competitors, with delivery expected for the 2015 season.

The car, which will be known as the TMG GT86 CS-R3, will have a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited slip differential, modified engine, adapted brakes and other upgrades. Drawing on the experience of developing the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car for the Nürburgring-based VLN series, TMG engineers plan to modify the base car to the 'maximum level permitted within the regulations'.

The TMG GT86 CS-R3 is targeted at private customers and is eligible for all FIA-sanctioned rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship. Full specifications and pricing will be announced in the coming months.

“Rallying is in our blood at TMG so it is very exciting to announce that we will be expanding our rally operations,” said Nico Ehlert, principal engineer customer motorsport. “The GT86 CS-R3 promises to be a thrilling car on the rally stages; with rear-wheel drive we can expect some dramatic action which is sure to be entertaining for drivers and fans alike.

“Through our experience with the TMG GT86 Cup and the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car we have built a solid infrastructure for customer motorsport over the past few years. We will draw on this to deliver a reliable, safe and high-performance car, plus all the required technical support, for our customers.

“We expect demand to be high so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of GT86 CS-R3 rally cars in action from the beginning of the 2015 season.”

The announcement strengthens TMG's commitment to customer motorsport and rallying, both of which represent key aspects of its long-term business strategy. With a Yaris R1A already launched plus the ongoing development of a Global Race Engine, TMG is expanding and strengthening its knowledge of rallying and drawing on its proud history in the sport. TMG's very existence is founded on rally, having begun life in Cologne in 1979 as Toyota Team Europe (TTE). Under Ove Andersson, the company went on to win four drivers' and three manufacturers' World Championships.

Tagged as: R3 , TMG GT86 CS-R3 , Toyotoa

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November 11, 2013 4:27 PM

This is Great news, a car that can be driven in a spectacular fasion by drivers with Flair ! Toyota seem to be gingerly coming back to Rallying though, I would prefer if they came back with a Full WRC car in 2015 and created thier ladder after, better to know where your heading and have to figure out how you are going to get there than starting on the bottom step of a 1 step ladder that goes no where

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