Team Toyota is putting all other teams on notice; they’re coming in 2017, and they’re coming to win!
That’s right. Toyota has announced its triumphant return to the World Rally Championship (WRC), and Empire Toyota couldn’t be more excited! The first season for Team Toyota will not be until the 2017 race year, but they are already hard at work getting their cars and crews assembled.
“Toyota has a long and distinguished history in motorsport, particularly in world rallying, and we’re delighted to welcome one of the automobile industry’s giants back to WRC,” promoter Oliver Ciesla said.
After winning the manufacturer’s title in 1999, Toyota took a 16-year break from the sport. But, with the regulations in 2017 changing, the stage is once again set for a Toyota-built rally car to race to victory. Most of the changes deal with fuel efficiency and safety, both of which are strong-suits for Toyota in all of their cars. The model specifically chosen for the rally car, however, will be a highly modified Yaris that will tackle road and dirt courses and unleash 300 hp from its powerful turbo-charged 1.6-liter engine.
Stay tuned to Empire Toyota for the latest Team Toyota WRC news!