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After 18 years, Toyota returned to the World Rally Championship

In the four-wheeled world, F1 racing formula is considered the pinnacle of speed. It is considered the perfection of technology, with almost perfect security. Then the World Rally Championship is the “most rustic” race, the closest and especially shows the skills of the most rider.

After 18 years of absence, Toyota has officially announced its return to this race when the new season will start next month. With the participation of the main driver, including the driver Jari-Matti Latvala.

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He has won 16 times in 169 competitions in the WRC format. Together with teammate Miikka Anttila, who has been with Latvala since 2003. Meanwhile, the second Toyota team at WRC 2020 will be Juho Hanninen and teammate Esapekka Lappi, e-kip just won the last WRC2 tournament.

The first time participating in a Rally World race was a Corolla WRC in 2003 in Estonia. So for Latvala riders, this was probably an emotional reunion, “as if returning home”.

With the upcoming WRC 2020 season, Toyota will equip the Yaris WRC 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with intake diameter up to 36 mm. It produces an output of up to 380 horsepower.

Back to the World Rally Championship, the Toyota Yaris WRC will have to meet with such well-known rivals as Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru WRX, Renault Clio WRC, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Citroen DS3 WRC.

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The car was developed in Cologne, Germany – where TMG’s headquarters is located – and will continue to be brought to more test roads in the future. TMG is also a subsidiary of Toyota that has been in charge of its F1 racing segment in previous years. And it is currently in charge of competing for the World Endurance Championship.

The machine will combine with a sequential 6-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive system. When participating in WRC, most car manufacturers now choose a B-class hatchback as a prototype for their racing cars. Accordingly, not only competing in showrooms. But also Yaris WRC will also face Ford Fiesta, Citroen DS3, Hyundai i20 and VW Polo on the track.