Toyota Turned this Yaris into a 300HP Rally Monster
Most day to day encounters with the Toyota Yaris follow this common sequence: get stuck behind, overtake, zoom away. Nothing against the plucky little hatchback, it just isn't all that fast. Toyota however has created one that is quite speedy, and a bit scary. This is it – the 2017 Toyota Yaris WRC. It packs a turbocharged four-pot, wheel arches big enough to hide under, and it'll fling up gravel against the best in the world during the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season. You won't be overtaking this bad boy anytime soon. RELATED: Take a look at the fresh-faced 2015 Toyota Yaris As of late, rallying has been dominated by guys named Sebastien and cars from Volkswagen and Citroen. Toyota will be looking to put a stop to that in the coming years, and the Japanese giant has the rally pedigree to do so. Toyota left the WRC after the 1999 season, ending 25 years of continuous rally competition, but not before nabbing 43 wins, four drivers' championships, and three manufacturers' titles. Built at Toyota Motorsport GmbH's technical center in Cologne, Germany, the Yaris WRC could earn a few more. Underneath its skin, the Yaris sports a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, eked out to produce over 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That grunt gets funneled to the ground through a six-speed manual. RELATED: Check out more photos of the 2017 Toyota Yaris WRC car
Don't like the design? Given that the 2017 season is quite a ways away, there will likely be a few slices and cuts taken out of the Yaris shape. Toyota's current goals, aside from developing the car, are to reassemble its rally team personnel and a new all-star driver lineup. If only Toyota could put this car on sale...
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