|IN preparation for the 2018 WRC (World Rally Championship) season, Toyota World Rally Team has introduced the 2018 Yaris WRC Challenger. The latest Toyota Yaris WRC is prepped for start of the seaosn at the Monte Carlo rally at month’s end.|
Team Principal Tommi Mäkinen said, “It’s great to launch the 2018 season at the Autosport International show in front of so many motorsport fans. After a very pleasing first season in 2017 we are excited to build on that in the year ahead. We saw last year that the #Toyota Yaris #WRC was already capable of winning rallies, which was a great achievement by the team, but the competition also allowed us to discover areas that we can improve.”
“With more time and more learning, we have been able to update the front end of the car to give us better aerodynamic performance, and we also have improvements to the cooling. I’m very excited that we’re going to keep on learning this year, as part of our mission to make ever-better cars,” he added.
This year will be the second season of Toyota’s journey on making ever-better cars through the World Rally championship (WRC), after a successful debut for the Yaris WRC in 2017 that included victories on Rally Sweden and #Rally Finland, as well as fourth in the drivers’ championship for Jari Matti Latvala and third in the manufacturers’ championship.
All of the #WRC teams have gathered this week for the official 2018 season launch at the Autosport International show: a popular curtain-raiser for the motorsport season. Toyota WRT have taken the opportunity to present the latest version of the Yaris #WRC, which features a number of developments based upon the lessons that were learned during last season.
2018 Toyota Yaris WRC
A new upgraded aerodynamics package has been developed for the front of the car, including a new front bumper and fenders. These changes aim to even out the aerodynamic balance of the car by adding more front downforce. There are also updates to the cooling system that will be of benefit in some of the WRC’s hotter events.
These developments have been tested over the final months of 2017, in preparation for the first round of the season at Rallye Monte-Carlo on 25 – 28 January.
M-Sport WRT unveils 2018 challenger
Following an incredible debut for the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC, where Sebastien Ogier captured another title and a manufacturer’s title for M-Sport, the 2018 challenger highlights sun strip and side panels, while the ‘Powered by EcoBoost’ trademark on the tailgate and rear wing. Red Bull also increases their involvement. The brand’s instantly recognizable motif has long been associated with five-time WRC champion Ogier, but will now also be associated with the younger generation who’ll benefit from his the vast skill and experience.
In Rallye Monte-Carlo, the new livery will be seen on four Ford Fiestas, the Fiesta WRCs of Ogier and Elfyn Evans as well as the Fiesta R5s of Éric Camilli and Teemu Suninen.
The livery also continues to carry MS-RT branding, supporting the company’s range of bespoke road-going vehicles that draw inspiration from the M-Sport’s renowned competition cars. Support from long-standing partners Castrol and Michelin is well represented as are the team’s valued trade partners.
Hyundai WRT’s i20 WRT
Hyundai WRT is aiming to be in the flight for both drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in the teams’s fifth season in the WRC in 2018. The team aims to build on a competitive 2018 campaign with a more consistent performance over the 13-event season, which includes a new event in Turkey.
Four crews will support the team’s challenge against fierce competition from rival manufacturers. On the back of its most successful campaign in WRC to date in 2017, the team have raised the bar even further for its fifth season, with its sights set on a renewed challenge for both drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. Pilots confirmed for the new season include Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo.