Toyota and Subaru to jointly launch new WRC rally carFebruary 9, 2021
Toyota and Subaru are set to release another joint development, an all-wheel drive sports car for professional rallying, which will be presented in 2022.
Recall that the two companies have been cooperating for a long time – in 2012 they released the rear-wheel drive coupe Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ built on the same base. In November 2020, the second generation BRZ was released, its twin under the Toyota brand is on its way.
Now the partners are going to jointly develop a car for the Japan Rally. This competition has not been held since 2010, it was planned to revive it in 2020, but the pandemic made its own adjustments – the first race was postponed to November 11, 2021.
According to the Japanese portal BestCarWeb, the promising car in size will be close to the Subaru Impreza. The sports car will receive a boxer engine and symmetrical four-wheel drive – all as Subaru fans love. It is possible that a 2.4-liter internal combustion engine will be used. The car will be released in parallel under the Subaru and Toyota brands.
According to available information, the sports car is designed exclusively for the World Rally Championship (WRC). Whether a “civilian” version will be produced for private buyers is a big question. Homologation requires the production of at least 2,500 series machines. If a serial Subaru Impreza is taken for the joint brainchild, then the production of homologation cars will not be a problem.
The last time the Impreza WRC was produced was in 2008. Since then, Subaru has not participated in the WRC. Toyota is currently competing in the Yaris WRC.
This is not the only project Toyota and Subaru are working on. Already in 2021, the companies will present electric crossovers built on the new e-TNGA platform. According to rumors, the Subaru version will be named Evoltis and will be equipped with electric motors up to 290 hp.
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