Toyota is nearly ready to commence deliveries of its 86-based grassroots rally car, with development of the GT86 CS-R3 now in its final stages ahead of FIA certification in June.
The CS-R3 is designed to compete in the R3C category of the World Rally Championship, where it will battle against other production-based two-wheel drive racecars with engines ranging in size from 1600cc to 2000cc.
Power from the GT86's 2.0 litre flat-four rises from the stock 147kW and 205Nm to 177kW and 230Nm, while the standard six-speed manual has been replaced by a Drenth six-speed sequential.
Drive then goes to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential, with a number of differential ratios available to enable teams to tailor the car for specific stages.
Interestingly, the GT86's electric power steering has been turfed in favour of a traditional hydraulic system. The rack ratio has also been shortened to reduce the amount of wheel-twirling needed on tight rally stages.
The suspension is closer to production-spec, and retains the road car's MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear arrangement. Two suspension tunes are available depending on whether the customer intends to rally on gravel or tarmac.
The dampers are three-way adjustable Reiger units, and Alcon brake calipers slow the GT86 CS-R3 down.
CS-R3s in tarmac tune get larger front brakes too, with front rotors measuring 330mm in diameter against the gravel-spec car's 300mm rotors. Rear rotors for both tunes measure 295mm across.
Wheels for gravel cars are OZ Racing alloys measuring 15x6 inches. Tarmac cars get larger 17x7-inch OZ alloys, as well as lower-profile rubber.
An FIA-mandated roll cage is fitted, along with the usual safety hardware like racing bucket seats, killswitches and fire extinguishers. The interior is also stripped of all mod-cons, helping to bring kerb weight down to 1080kg.
How much? In either spec the GT86 CS-R3 will cost €84,000, but customers ordering before April 24 will score a discounted price of €79,000.
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