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 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) pushing the limits for better.

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'After a very pleasing first season in 2017,
we are very excited to keep on learning this year as
part of our mission to make ever-better cars'
Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)

 

Tanak and Toyota dominant at Rally Finland

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Event 9 - Finland

Ott Tänak has clinched victory on Rally Finland (4 August), claiming his third win in four World Rally Championship outings and maintaining his lead in the driver’s title race. His success was also the third successive win for Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team on their “home” event.

Jari-Matti Latvala also made it to the podium, in third place, but Ulsterman Kris Meeke was forced into retirement, having been part of a three-way Toyota battle for the lead.

Next stop for the team is Rallye Deutschland, taking place from 22 to 25 August. True to tradition, this is in effect three rallies in one, requiring the drivers to negotiate very different driving environments on each day: twisting roads through the Mosel vineyards, tough stages through the Baumholder military area and fast country lanes in the Saarland. The differing road surfaces and often changeable weather conditions make tyre choice critical.

Tanak misses out but takes lead in Rally Italia Sardegna

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Event 8 - Italy

After a very strong performance throughout the weekend, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team driver Ott Tänak was on course for his third straight victory on Rally Italia Sardegna when he was slowed in the very last stage by a steering issue. He ultimately finished in fifth position overall and ahead of his championship rivals on the gruelling gravel event, moving into the lead of the standings.

Tänak, his co-driver Martin Järveoja and the Toyota Yaris WRC had won every stage on Saturday as they moved into the rally lead and built a 25.9-second advantage that they took into Sunday's final four stages. He maintained that advantage through the opening three stages before the steering problem on the rally-ending Power Stage, causing him to lose over two minutes.

There is a seven-week gap before Rally Finland on August 1-4. The event is the fastest rally on the calendar, run over smooth gravel roads containing many jumps. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, which has its headquarters close to the service park in Jyväskylä, has won its ‘home' rally in both 2017 and 2018.

Two in a row for Tanak with victory in Portugal

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Event 7 - Portugal

Ott Tänak claimed his second successive World Rally Championship win on Sunday, following up his success in Chile with a hard-earned victory on Rally Portugal.

The Estonian, co-driven by Martin Järveoja, led the event from Friday morning, eventually bringing his Yaris WRC home 16 seconds clear of his nearest challenger, Thierry Neuville. The result – including bonus points earned in the concluding Power Stage – moves Tänak to just two points off the top of the drivers’ title race.

Tanak takes first Rally Chile win for Toyota

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Event 6 - Chile

Ott Tänak powered to a dominant victory in the Toyota Yaris WRC on the first Rally Chile on Sunday, giving a faultless display over three days of action to reinvigorate his championship campaign.

The Estonian driver led the rally from the second stage on the opening day and headed the leaderboard 23.1 seconds clear of his nearest rival. His Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team team-mates Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala finished in 10th and 11th places respectively, both having encountered setbacks during the all-new event.

Toyota trio post top-10 finish on Rally Argentina

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Event 5 - Argentina

All three Toyota Yaris WRC drivers were in top-10 points-scoring positions at the climax of Rally Argentina yesterday, with Kris Meeke just missing out on a podium place in the fifth round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing team once again showed their pace, with both Ott Tänak and Meeke leading the field during Friday’s first full day of action. Tänak had already won the event-opening Super Special on Thursday, but it was Meeke who took the early initiative, winning the first stage of the day and leading the event into the lunchtime service.

In the afternoon, Tänak claimed the advantage with two stage wins before a driveshaft and a spin left him in third place over night. Meeke had a tougher time, ending the day in fourth, with Jari-Matti Latvala in eighth after losing time with a flat tyre and a spin.

Toyota reaps points from tough Tour de Corse

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Event 4 - France

All three Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team drivers came away from the Tour de Corse with points to their credit on Sunday. Success was hard-won in the fourth round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, however, with each car suffering setbacks during the three-day event.

Ott Tänak was the highest-placed Yaris WRC pilot, finishing sixth overall and adding to his points tally with second place on Sunday’s points-scoring Power Stage behind team-mate Kris Meeke. Tänak had led the event on Friday and Saturday, but saw his hopes of a win dashed after losing two minutes for a tyre change.

Toyota remains top of the WRC table

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Event 3 - Mexico

Toyota Gazoo Racing has consolidated its position as leader of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) following an impressive second place by Ott Tänak at the Mexico Rally.

His third podium finish of the season in the gruelling Rally Mexico, which was defined by high heat and high altitude, was complemented by all three Toyota drivers finishing inside the top eight and taking nine stage victories between them.

Tänak, who had finished first at Rally Sweden and third Monte Carlo, was aided by the Yaris WRC competing solidly throughout the rally with its improved cooling package boosting its performance.

Kris Meeke came fifth in his first gravel rally for the team and took home a further four points by finishing second on the rally-ending Power Stage while Jari-Matti Latvala came eighth.

The powerful driving performance means that Tänak, tops the FIA WRC drivers table while Toyota Gazoo Racing leads the manufacturers table after three rallies.

Toyota Yaris WRC on the pace in Sweden

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Event 2 - Sweden

Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja put in a dominant performance to give Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team their first win of the 2019 FIA WRC season. The result also moves the young Estonian into the lead in the drivers’ championship standings.

Tanak leads strong Toyota performance on Rallye Monte-Carlo

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Event 1 - Monte Carlo

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team made a strong start to their 2019 campaign with all three drivers finishing in the top six, led by Ott Tänak who mounted a brilliant fight-back to claim third place.

Team newcomer Kris Meeke made an impressive debut in the Yaris WRC, finishing sixth and winning the final, points-scoring Power Stage, while Jari-Matti Latvala completed the event in fifth.

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Ultimate training ground

Epic jumps, sensational slides and terrifying top speeds, the WRC is the ultimate vehicle test bed. After 17 years away, 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.

“This is the result of the huge effort from everybody in the team,
and I am sure this success will just further motivate
us all to continue improving in 2019”
Tommi Mäkinen
(Team Principal)

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 2018 and armed with the lessons of two years’ fierce competition, the 2019 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.

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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 2019.

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Akio Toyoda

Team Chairman

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Tommi Mäkinen

Team Principal

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Car #10

Driver:  Jari-Matti Latvala

Country: Finland

WRC Starts: 196

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Car #10

Co-Driver: Miikka Anttila

Country: Finland

WRC Starts: 206

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Car #8

Driver: Ott Tänak

Country: Estonia

WRC Starts: 93

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Car #8

Co-Driver: Martin Järveoja

Country: Estonia

WRC Starts: 63

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Car #5

Driver: Kris Meeke

Country: Great Britain

WRC Starts: 92

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Car #5

Co-Driver: Seb Marshall

Country: Great Britain

WRC Starts: 47

Modified: 17 June 2019

Information correct at time of publication.

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