Toyota has built a Global Race Engine which is undergoing tests at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany. The 1.6-Litre turbocharged engine fits perfectly with FIA’s World Rally Championship technical regulations and is expected to be fitted onto a chassis, most likely a Yaris, later this year.
A spokesperson for Toyota Motorsport GmbH stated that it is a developmental project still in its early stages. The engine only fired up the first time a few weeks ago, at the earliest, a car won’t be available until some time next year. Since it is a Global Race Engine, it could go into any car but the Yaris seems to make sense.
Toyota is also currently working on an FIA World Endurance Championship entry and the spokesperson admitted that rallying is likely to feature in Toyota’s medium-term future. The spokesperson also added that, medium-to-long term, there is a degree of logic in the WRC. Toyota’s been there and this is a step back into rallying.
Looks like Toyota is eager to add another win to their seven FIA WRC championship titles and they might give Ford, Citroen, and newcomers Mini and Volkswagen a challenge.