Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced a WRC comeback for the 2017 season with a specially prepared Yaris.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced a WRC comeback for the 2017 season with a specially prepared Yaris.

The last time Toyota competed in WRC was in 1999 but now they are about ready to get back in the action with a heavily modified Yaris which has already finished a preliminary test program throughout Europe's tarmac and gravel stages. Set to compete in the 2017 WRC season, the modified Yaris will have an inline-four turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine developing around 300 bhp (224 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque at 8,500 rpm channeled to the wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The Toyota Yaris in WRC specification is 3910mm long and 1820mm wide and rides on 17-inch (for gravel) and 18-inch (for tarmac) wheels wrapped around Michelin tires. Stopping power comes from 300m discs (gravel) and 335mm discs (tarmac) while the race-spec clutch is provided by ZF Sachs.

Developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany, the WRC-spec Yaris has been tested so far by 27-year-old Eric Camilli who has been selected to take part in a junior development scheme. The car will also be tested by Sebastian Lindholm and Toyota WEC driver Stéphane Sarrazin.

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Toyota announces WRC return in 2017 with the Yaris [video]