Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has announced that the GT86 CS-R3 has become the first new rear-wheel-drive rally car to be granted FIA homologation in the 21st century.
Following a long development period due to the challenge of being the first rear-wheel-drive in the previously-exclusive front-wheel-drive R3 category, the GT86 CS-R3 is now eligible to compete in any FIA-sanctioned rally, including the World Rally Championship.
Intended for private customers, Toyota’s latest rear-wheel-drive rally car features the production car’s 2.0-liter normally-aspirated boxer engine but with a decreased compression ratio in order to comply with regulations. Changes to the engine have resulted in a maximum power of 232PS (229hp) and a peak torque of 235Nm (173lb-ft).
The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission built by gearbox specialists Drenth, designed specifically for rear-wheel-drive cars. The car also features a limited slip rear differential.
Other changes include upgraded suspension, brakes and exhaust, as well as safety items and protective roll cage. The car will be showcased this year on selected events prior to the maiden season of the HJS R3 Trophy, which begins in 2016 within the framework of the German Rally Championship.
The competition will feature up to 10 CS-R3 cars and will offer over €5,000 of prize money at each round, with a commitment to run for at least the next three seasons. The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 is sold in kit form for €84,000 ($93,750), including complete chassis and powertrain.
“Finalising the homologation of the CS-R3 is a big moment for TMG and also an exciting one for rallying. It is a long time since a new rear-wheel-drive car has been FIA homologated so this has presented some challenges in the development phase. We are grateful for the patience of those supporting our project and we believe that seeing the car in action proves it is really worth the wait,” said Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport.