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Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car to Make WRC Debut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/30/2014 Karla Sanchez

The new Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car will be reliving the glory days of the Toyota Celica TA64 Twin-cam Turbo from the 1980s when it makes its official debut next month at the ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Although it won't be ready to compete just yet, the GT86 rally car will still put on a show as it's been named the official "pathfinder" zero car of the race.

Under development for the past year, the GT86 CS-R3 will still be a prototype when it scouts the course ahead of the competitors in the race next month. At the helm will be Isolde Holderied, a two-time women's rally champion. Not only will she be driving the GT86 CS-R3, but she'll also evaluate it and provide input to help engineers make the final adjustments to the finished product. 2015 Toyota GT86 CS R3 Rally Car Illustration Right Rear View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota GT86 CS R3 Rally Car Illustration Right Rear View

Engineers have already focused on making the GT86 -- the European counterpart to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ -- more lightweight, while also making other modifications that still meet the FIA R3 requirements. The GT86's 2.0-liter Boxer-four has been tweaked so that it can make between 237 and 246 hp, a considerable bump up from the stock car's 200 hp. Matched to a six-speed sequential transmission, the rally car also benefits from a limited-slip differential and a roll cage. 2015 Toyota GT86 CS R3 Rally Car Right Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota GT86 CS R3 Rally Car Right Side

For those who want their very own rally-style GT86, the car will be available to customers in Europe, though only in kit form. If you want to catch the GT86 CS-R3 in action, make sure to check in during the ADAC Rallye Deustchland, which will cover 170 miles over 18 stages from August 21-24.

Source: Toyota

2015 Toyota GT86 CS R3 Rally Car Front Right Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota GT86 CS R3 Rally Car Front Right Side
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