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Neal Bates Yaris GR AP4 linked to Toyota Gazoo testbed for the Yaris Rally 2


As already mentioned, the news that two Toyota Yaris GR AP4s will make their actual debut at the Netier National Capital Rally at the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship in Canberra from April 9th ​​to 11th. However, this vehicle is not just made by Toyota Australia and Neal Bates Motorsport for regional rallies, it rumored to be a test bed for future official Toyota customer racing car the Yaris Rally 2 and Rally 3. It became clear from the discourse of the people concerned according to Rallyplus a Japanese electronic Motorsport news.

It was already stated in the release that the 1.6-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine installed in the Yaris GR AP4 was developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing Europe (TGR-E) of Germany. However, the reality is that it is not just an engine supply, but a works-made unit by Tokuo Aoki, WRC engine project manager of TGR-E, very person that developed the current Yaris WRC engine installed.


It is said that this engine will identify problems for some period of time or so, and then it will be green light and expanded to customer rally cars such as Rally 2 and Rally 3.

If all goes well, we may be able to see the Yaris customer car playing an active part in the WRC next year according to Rally plus Japan.