Toyota has unveiled the new GT86 CS-R3 rally car that will be seen on the rally course already next month on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, ninth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship, where it won’t be competing, 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.
Behind the steering wheel will be Isolde Holderied, a double women’s world rally champion, who will also evaluate its performance so that final adjustments can be made to its design prior to homologation to international R3 competition criteria.
The FIA R3 class allows modifications to be made to the two-litre boxer engine; with changes to the software and to physical elements such as the cam-lift and compression ratio, which as a result are expected to increase the unit’s output to between 240 and 250bhp.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via sequential shift six-speed transmission and a limited-slip rear differential.
There is also a weight-optimised safety cage, new exhaust system, MacPherson front & double wishbone rear suspension, OZ 17-inch wheels for tarmac, 15-inch ones for gravel and a steel monocoque bodyshell with roof ventilation
The exact weight is not known, but the road going GT86 has a weight of 1,275kg, while the CS-R3 version has a minimum regulated weight of 1,080kg.