By Steve Laser
There’s no need to go searching for a donor car if you’re planning on building an entry for pro rally. Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Germany has done the work for you. And now the company has announced the final details of the rear-wheel-drive GT86 CS-R3 rally car that’s scheduled to make its competitive debut this year.
The CS-R3 prototype was launched last August and since then has completed an extensive test program to optimize design and define the final specification of the “kit” which will be delivered to private competitors and teams.
The company says that “detailed development has generated improved performance on both gravel and tarmac, while reliability and durability have been prioritized in order to deliver a car which allows cost-effective competition throughout the season and beyond.”
The CS-R3 has already proved popular thanks to its rear-wheel-drive powertrain, with 1,998cc, 238PS boxer engine and six-speed sequential transmission. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered to customers in May says TMG.
The CS-R3 kit includes a GT86 body shell, powertrain and all mechanical components required to build the car.
The company says that “homologation to FIA R3 regulations will be certified at the beginning of July, after which all CS-R3 cars will be eligible for national and international rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship.”
According to TMG, fans will be able to see up to 10 CS-R3 cars in competition for the first time at the Rally Niedersachsen near Hanover, Germany, on July 4, the first round of the new HJS TMG CS-R3 Trophy.
News source and photos from Toyota Motorsport GmbH
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