The sky’s the limit

Our pursuit of high performance in the WRC

Armed with more knowledge, a stronger, faster Yaris WRC and three hard-charging crews, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing tackle the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) pushing the limits for better.

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Evans wins and Rovanpera takes third at Rally Sweden

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Event 2 - Sweden

Elfyn Evans claimed his first World Rally Championship victory with the Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team on Sunday, dominating Rally Sweden in what was just his second event in the Toyota Yaris WRC.

It was also a first win for the new partnership of Welshman Evans and his English co-driver, Scott Martin, and the first Rally Sweden victory for a British driver.

The next WRC round is Rally Mexico, taking place from 12 to 15 March. It features rough gravel roads and temperatures typically around 30°C. The high altitude is a major factor, with the rally route peaking at 2,737m above sea level, starving engines of air and reducing the cars’ power by as much as 20 per cent.

Double podium in Monte Carlo for Toyota Yaris WRC drivers

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Event 1 - Monte Carlo

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team opened their 2020 account with a double podium result in Monte Carlo. Their all-new driver line-up was immediately on the pace on the opening round of the new season, finishing the event on Sunday with a brace of podium places.

Six-time world championship winner, Sébastien Ogier and Welshman Elfyn Evans finished second and third respectively after strong performances on their debuts with the Toyota Yaris WRC, even though they ultimately missed out on victory in a three-way final-day fight. Rookie driver Kalle Rovanperä rounded out a positive weekend for the team with a fine fifth place on his first appearance at rallying’s highest level.

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Ultimate training ground

Epic jumps, sensational slides and terrifying top speeds, the WRC is the ultimate vehicle test bed. We are hungrier than ever to fight on the world’s most extreme roads, and achieve our goal of making ever-better cars for all.

Born to perform

The Yaris WRC is a new generation World Rally Car that incorporates a high-performance engine, intelligent 4WD system and finely-tuned aerodynamics. Fresh from championship success in 2019 and armed with the lessons of two years’ fierce competition, the 2020 Yaris WRC is ready to be pushed to the limit on the world’s most demanding rally stages.

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Engine:
1.6-litre, in-line 4-cylinder direct injection engine. 
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Maximum power:
Over 380 PS - nearly twice the power of Yaris GRMN hot hatch
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Top speed:
201 kph (ratio specific) – geared for incredible acceleration and response
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Aerodynamics:
New front bumpers and fenders increase downforce and balance

All roads lead to better

Tarmac

Twisty turns, unforgiving roads and durable hard tyres. Lowered suspension is a must-have for high-speed events such as Tour de Corse.

Gravel

Rutted roads, rocky tracks and a range of tyre compounds. Raised gravel suspension is crucial for hot weather events such as Rally Mexico.

Snow

Frozen roads, snow banks and studded tyres. A loose-surface suspension setup is essential for sub-zero events such as Rally Sweden.

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Yaris GRMN: From rally to road

Born with rally DNA, the limited-edition Yaris GRMN road car was tuned and tested on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, reigniting the spirit of hot hatches from the past. Through its combination of power, precision and performance, the Yaris GRMN reignites the spirit of hot hatches from the past.

Rally pedigree

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Toyota’s rich history in international motorsport began at the 1957 Round Australia Rally. After a momentous first WRC win at the 1,000 Lakes Rally in 1975, we went on to record a series of landmark victories in the years that followed. Thanks to superstar drivers like Juha Kankkunen and Carlos Sainz at the wheel of legendary cars such as the Celica GT-Four and Corolla WRC, passionate fans are likely to remember Toyota’s WRC efforts in the late 80s and 90s most fondly.


Up until the end of our factory-based team initiatives in 1999, Toyota made WRC history with three manufacturers’ and four drivers’ titles. Our entry was then paused until 2015 when Akio Toyoda announced that Toyota would return to the WRC in 2017.

Meet the team

Led by four-time world champion, Tommi Mäkinen, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is primed and ready to push the limits in 2020.

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From left to right: Sporting Director, Kaj Lindström; Co-Driver, Julien Ingrassia; Co-Driver, Scott Martin; Co-Driver, Jonne Halttunen; Driver, Kalle Rovanperä; Driver, Elfyn Evans; Driver, Sébastien Ogier; Team Principal, Tommi Mäkinen.

Modified: 13 March 2020

Information correct at time of publication.

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