Η Toyota Motorsport GmbH ανακοίνωσε επίσημα το νέο αγωνιστικό GT86 CS-R3 το οποίο πληροί τους κανονισμούς R3, θα τρέξει στη σεζόν 2015 και θα μπορεί να συμμετέχει και στο WRC.
Το αγωνιστικό GT86 φορά 2,0-λιτρο boxer κινητήρα απόδοσης 240-250 ίππων που συνδυάζεται με ένα εξατάχυτο σειριακό κιβώτιο με μπλοκέ διαφορικό. Εξοπλίζεται με μεγάλα φρένα με δίσκους 330 mm μπροστά και 300 mm πίσω, οι ζάντες είναι της Oz διαστάσεων 17″ για την άσφαλτο και 15″ για το χώμα και ζυγίζει 1.080 κιλά.
Ντεμπούτο θα κάνει τον Αύγουστο στον αγώνα WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland ως επίσημο αυτοκίνητο του αλυτάρχη, με τις παραδόσεις να γίνονται το πρώτο τρίμηνο του 2015, με την τιμή του να είναι παρόμοια με αυτή των υπολοίπων αυτοκινήτων της κατηγορίας R3.
Toyota’s new GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut next month on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, ninth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. Engineered by Toyota Motorsport (TMG), this competition version of the multi-award-winning coupe marks a return to Toyota’s rallying roots with rear-wheel drive performance that echoes the winning pedigree of the Celica TA64 Twin-cam Turbo of the 1980s.
The decision to develop the rally car amplifies Toyota’s global theme of “fun to drive, again” and its encouragement of grass-roots motorsport. Although the prototype CS-R3 is breaking cover at a high-profile WRC event, the finished car will be available as a cost-effective competition model for private customers participating at all levels of the sport.
The CS-R3, in development for the past year, will be not be competing in Rallye Deutschland, but will be put through its paces as the official “pathfinder” zero car, driven through each stage as a safety test immediately ahead of the field.
Isolde Holderied, a double women’s world rally champion, will be driving the CS-R3 and an important part of her job will be to evaluate its performance so that final adjustments can be made to its design prior to homologation to international R3 competition criteria.
TMG’s extensive development programme has focused on reducing weight and ensuring safety, reliability and fun. The FIA R3 class allows modifications to be made to the two-litre boxer engine; changes to the software and to physical elements such as the cam-lift and compression ratio are expected to increase the unit’s output to between 240 and 250bhp.
The CS-R3 also benefits from a sequential shift six-speed transmission and a limited-slip rear differential, together with a weight-optimised safety cage, designed to FIA requirements.
TMG has sourced tailor-made wiring looms and motorsport engine ECUs, and market-leading Tarmac and gravel suspension kits have been developed.
The CS-R3 has been tested on different surfaces in readiness for Rallye Deutschland, which will cover 170 miles over 18 stages from 21 to 24 August.
The first customer cars will be available in kit form during the first quarter of 2015, with prices expected to be comparable with other R3 cars. Prices will be announced following confirmation of final specifications.
Nico Ehlert, TMG Principal Engineer – Customer Motorsport, said: “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. But it does represent a significant step in the GT86 CS-R3 story and gives a clear indication to our future customers that this project is progressing quickly.
“The fact we are testing our prototype on a very public stage, the FIA World Rally Championship, shows what confidence we have in this project. Interest in this car has already exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to customer and fan feedback from the rally.”
Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-R3 technical specifications ENGINE Type FA20 Configuration Horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder Displacement (cc) 1,998 Max. power (bhp) 240 – 250 Exhaust HJS racing exhaust and exhaust manifold Fuel tank 75-litre FT3 safety cell CHASSIS Bodywork Steel monocoque bodyshell with roof ventilation Roll cage Homologated FIA R3-standard safety cage TRANSMISSION Type Rear-wheel drive Gearbox 6-speed sequential Differential Limited-slip with variable ramp settings Final drive Short final drive, with options Clutch Racing clutch and lightweight flywheel Steering JTEKT hydraulic power steering with short ratio SUSPENSION Front MacPherson-type Rear Double wishbone Shock absorbers Reiger, 3-way adjustable for Tarmac and gravel Wheels Tarmac OZ 7 x 17in Gravel OZ 6 x 15in BRAKES Front discs Tarmac 330 x 30mm Gravel 300 x 30mm Rear discs Tarmac 300 x 10mm Gravel 300 x 10mm Callipers
Rear: 2-pot (regulation) DIMENSIONS Overall length (mm) 4,240 Overall width (mm) 1,775 Wheelbase (mm) 2,570 Minimum weight (kg|) 1,080 (regulation)