COLOGNE, 30 July 2014 —- The TMG GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) can confirm.
TMG has chosen to return to its rallying roots with a rear-wheel-drive car to entertain drivers and fans alike, following in the wheel tracks of cars such as the spectacular Celica Twin Cam Turbo (TA64), a rally winner in the 1980s.
That decision perfectly reflects a global TOYOTA theme of ‘fun to drive, again’ whilst following the company’s enthusiasm for encouraging participation through grassroots motorsport initiatives.
After almost a year of development, TMG will put the CS-R3 through its paces as a zero car on Rallye Deutschland, which takes place around Trier on 21-24 August. The car is not competing but has an important role testing each stage to ensure safety.
Former female world champion Isolde Holderied will drive the CS-R3. One of her main tasks will be to evaluate the car, which is currently a prototype, in order to refine the design prior to confirmation of the final specifications, a necessary step before R3 homologation is completed.
The CS-R3 will be offered for sale to private customers and TOYOTA dealerships, providing a cost-effective way to enjoy the thrills of competitive rallying, from local events up to and including the WRC.
It conforms to the FIA’s R3 regulation, which allows modification of its two-litre boxer engine. Changes to the software and hardware, such as cam lift and compression ratio, are part of an extensive development programme and the final car is targeted to deliver 240-250hp.
Throughout the development process, TMG has focused on reducing weight whilst delivering safety, reliability and fun.
A sequential shift six-speed transmission and limited slip rear differential give a feeling of true high performance while an FIA-homologated safety cage has been designed and calculated, allowing weight optimisation.
TMG has also sourced tailor-made wiring looms and motorsport engine ECUs, while the car will feature market-leading tarmac and gravel suspension kits, including specifically-designed arms.
The CS-R3 has tested already on various surfaces to prepare for its Rallye Deutschland participation, during which it will complete 274km over three days and 18 stages.
It will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2015 in kit form and TMG expects to offer a price comparable with other R3 models. Pricing will be announced after confirmation of the final specifications.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “This is exciting news for TMG and, I hope, for rallying in general. To see a new rear-wheel-drive rally car hitting the stage for the first time should be a real spectacle. It’s important to say that the GT86 CS-R3 which Isolde will drive is not the finished article; we need the data from Rallye Deutschland to finalise our development programme. Therefore it represents a significant step in the GT86 CS-R3 story and gives a clear indication to our future customers that this project is progressing quickly. We are testing our prototype on a very public stage, the FIA World Rally Championship, which shows how confident we are in this project. Interest in this car has already exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to hearing customer and fan feedback in Trier.”
A GT86 CS-R3 show car will be on display throughout Rallye Deutschland at the TMG area within the Trier service park.
TMG GT86 CS-R3 Technical Specifications
Layout Boxer, flat four
Max. power 240-250hp
Exhaust HJS racing exhaust + exhaust manifold
Fuel cell 75ltr FT3 safety cell
Bodywork Steel monocoque bodyshell and roof ventilation
Roll cage Homologated R3 safety cage
Type Rear wheel drive
Gearbox 6-speed sequential
Differential Limited slip differential with variable ramp settings
Final drive Short final drive, options available
Clutch Racing clutch and light-weight flywheel
Steering JTEKT hydraulic power steering with short ratio
Type Front: MacPherson type Rear: double wishbone
Shock absorber Tarmac: Reiger, three-way adjustable Gravel: Reiger, three-way adjustable
Stabiliser Several options
Rims Tarmac: OZ 7” x 17” Gravel: OZ 6” x 15”
Front disc Tarmac: 330mm x 30mm Gravel: 300mm x 30mm
Rear Tarmac: 300mm x 10mm Gravel: 300mm x 10mm
Calliper Front: Four-Pot Rear: Two-Pot (by regulation)
Overall length Length: 4240mm Width: 1775mm Wheelbase: 2570mm
Minimum car weight 1080kg (by regulation)
Racing by TMG:
The customer racing arm of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is identified by the “racing by TMG” logo, which encompasses race and rally projects designed exclusively for private participants. TMG returned to the world of customer motorsport in 2012 with the launch of the Yaris R1A entry-level rally car, while the same year saw the introduction of the TMG Customer Sport V3 (CS-V3) race car. That car won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and forms the basis of the expanding TMG GT86 Cup, run within the Nürburgring-based VLN series.
About TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH:
TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has been based in Cologne, Germany since 1979 and built its reputation in the World Rally Championship, winning four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ titles during two decades of competition. TMG was also the home of TOYOTA’s works Le Mans 24 Hours (1998-1999) and Formula 1 (2002-2009) teams and a tuning and sports conversion subsidiary (established in 1994). TMG has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2012, winning several races with a hybrid-powered prototype. Since 2009, TMG is a leading engineering services supplier, offering its cutting-edge development facilities and know-how to a range of industries. It is also a pioneer in electric vehicle development and is the current holder of the electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
[Source: Toyota Motorsport GmbH]