Toyota is to offer a rally-spec version of its GT86. The GT86 CS-R3 rally car will be offered to customer teams as part of the firm's motorsport programme.
The GR86 rally car will be built by Toyota Motorsport GmBH (TMG) to R3 regulations and will feature a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited-slip differential, modified engine and modified brakes.
The car is targeted at teams entering FIA-approved rallies up to, and including, WRC. Prices and delivery dates are still to be revealed but bosses say cars will be available for the 2015 season.
The announcement comes months after Toyota revealed the GT86 CS-V3 car for the Nürburgring-based VLN series (pictured).
Nico Ehlert, TMG engineering boss said: “Rallying is in our blood at TMG, so it is very exciting to announce that we will be expanding our rally operations. The GT86 CS-R3 promises to be a thrilling car on the rally stages; with rear-wheel drive we can expect some dramatic action that is sure to be entertaining for drivers and fans alike.
"Through our experience with the TMG GT86 Cup and the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car we have built a solid infrastructure for customer motorsport over the past few years. We will draw on this to deliver a reliable, safe and high-performance car, plus all the required technical support, for our customers. We expect demand to be high so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of GT86 CS-R3 rally cars in action from the beginning of the 2015 season.”