PROVING it’s not merely a drift car, the Toyota 86, in CS-R3 rally car trim, will debut at ADAC Rally Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
According to Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), it has chosen to return to its rallying roots with a rear-wheel drive car to entertain drivers and fans alike, following in the wheel tracks of cars such as the spectacular Celica Twin Cam Turbo (TA64), a rally winner in the 1980s.
TMG said the decision perfectly reflects the global Toyota theme of “Fun to drive, again” while following the company’s enthusiasm for encouraging participation in grassroots motor sports.
After almost a year of development, TMG said it will put the CS-R3 through its paces as a zero car in Rally Deutschland, scheduled on August 21 to 24. The car is not competing but has an important role testing each stage to ensure safety, TMG stressed.
It added former world champion Isolde Holderied will drive the CS-R3, and that one of her main tasks will be to evaluate the car—currently a prototype—in order to refine the design prior to confirmation of the final specifications. The move is a necessary step before R3 homologation is completed, TMG said.
The company bared the CS-R3 will be offered for sale to provide a cost-effective way to enjoy the thrills of competitive rallying, from local events up to WRC.
The CS-R3 conforms to FIA’s R3 regulation, which allows modifications to its 2.0-liter boxer engine. Changes to the software and hardware, such as cam lift and compression ratio, are part of an extensive development program. The final car is targeted to deliver 240hp to 250hp.
Throughout the development process, TMG said it focused on reducing weight while improving safety, reliability and fun.
A sequential-shift six-speed transmission and limited-slip rear differential ensure high performance while an FIA-homologated safety cage has been installed. TMG said it also sourced tailor-made wiring looms and motor sport engine ECUs. The car will feature tarmac and gravel suspension kits, including specifically designed arms.
TMG said the CS-R3 has already tested on various surfaces to prepare for its Rally Deutschland run, in which it will complete 274 kilometers over three days and 18 stages.
The CS-R3 will be sold in the first quarter of 2015 in kit form. TMG said it expects to offer a price comparable with other R3 models.
“This is exciting news for TMG and for rallying in general,” said Nico Ehlert, principal engineer for customer motor sport at TMG. “To see a new rear-wheel drive rally car hitting the stage for the first time should be a real spectacle. It’s important to say that the 86 CS-R3, which Isolde will drive, is not the finished article. We need the data from Rally Deutschland to finalize our development program.”