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Toyota Yaris WRC for 2018: rally cube gets even more extreme

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Toyota Yaris WRC for 2018
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A ls Toyota returned to the World Rally Championship in 2017 expectations low. Team boss Tomi Mäkinen had assembled a car with a small troop in Finland that nobody believed would be competitive in the first year. But the old hand surprised everyone. His Finnish drivers clinched two wins in Sweden and Finland.

Before the second season, no one will make the mistake of underestimating the Finnish-Japanese factory team. Over the winter, the engineers worked primarily on the reliability of the Toyota Yaris WRC. The many defects in the drive area were the big Achilles heel of the little rally cube.

Toyota Yaris WRC 2018 with aero upgrade

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The front bumper and the front fenders are new.

One of the biggest weak points the technicians have is that Cooling off. This is where the greatest focus was placed on further development during the winter break. But the aerodynamics were also given an upgrade. With a new front bumper and new fenders, even more downforce should be generated on the front axle so that the aerodynamic balance fits better.

The Toyota Yaris WRC, with its monstrous wings, was not exactly cautious in appearance last year. The new body parts make the compact all-wheel drive even more extreme. Visually, the WRC variant no longer has much in common with the production model of the Yaris. The competitors from Hyundai, M-Sport and Citroën are much more economical with wings.

Tänak is switching from M-Sport to Toyota

Toyota wants three cars in all 13 world championship races compete. As far as the staff in the cockpit is concerned, something has also changed in winter. Team bossMäkinen was able to poach the Estonian Ott Tänak from M-Sport. To make room for the newcomer, veteran Juho Hänninen had to leave the team.

Youngster Esapekka Lappi is in the second car. The youngster was able to prove his talent by winning the Rally Finland last year. The third cockpit will be regular employee Jari-Matti Latvala, who is hoping for a lower defect rate in 2018 than in the previous year.

Toyota wants to keep learning

As far as the attack on the title is concerned, team boss Mäkinen holds the ball flat: “We already proved last year that we can win rallies. That was a great performance by the team. But our competition also showed us areas where we still had to improve. Over time, we learned a lot and worked mainly on the front of the car to improve the aerodynamics. We'll keep learning and striving to build a better and better car. ”

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