The racing debut of the new Toyota GR Yaris takes place in GoodwoodOctober 19, 2020
Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division of the Japanese Toyota brand took part in the Goodwood Speed Week races, held from October 16-18 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in England.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed (GFoS) is known as the motorsport festival that attracts many motorsport enthusiasts, big names in old and new cars, and world-class drivers from around the world. The event usually takes place in July, but the 2020 festival has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, another auto event took place the other day, which took place without spectators and was called Goodwood Speedweek. Scenes from the event were broadcast worldwide over the Internet.
As part of this event, Toyota Gazoo Racing made its racing debut with two new models, the GR Yaris and the limited edition GR Supra, on the track. Note that the new GR Yaris was created as the first Toyota car developed using the reverse concept of converting a sports car into a production car.
Toyota claims it is the brand’s first all-wheel-drive sports car since the Celica GT-Four, which was also developed in Finland in partnership with Tommi Mäkinen Racing. Under the hood is an all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that delivers 257 hp. and a torque of 265 Nm. All torque is transmitted to the four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. This allows the GR Yaris to accelerate to 100 km / h in just 5.5 seconds, and the top speed is limited to 230 km / h.
In theory, the AWD system delivers 100 percent power to the front or rear wheels, depending on the situation. However, the car has several operating modes for all-wheel drive: “Normal” (60% of the moment is transferred to the front axle), “Sport” (30% to the front wheels) and “Track” (50% at the front), the latter implying the use as on asphalt, and on dirt roads.
It’s worth noting that the GR Yaris is somewhat of a Frankenstein monster as it uses the front half of the Toyota GA-B platform (first seen on the new Yaris hatchback) and the rear half of the GA-C platform (found on the Corolla and C-HR) … Brakes with a diameter of 356 mm with four-piston calipers are standard equipment.
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