Toyota's Rally1 hybrid put to the test in Portugal

The Japanese manufacturer is continuing the development of its hybrid car with a view to the entry into force of the new regulations in 2022.

Published on 28/05/2021 à 16:29

Gonzalo Forbes

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Toyota's Rally1 hybrid put to the test in Portugal

Toyota is working on the development of the Yaris hybrid. ©Twitter/TGR_WRC

Next year the WRC will officially enter the hybrid era. As a result, Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota, the three manufacturers officially involved, are already working on their future car meeting these new regulations.

Toyota, for example, began its development program in Finland and was present this week in Portugal for a new series of tests.

On Portuguese soil, it was Juho Hänninen who took the wheel of the Yaris hybrid version and was able to report his sensations to the team. " THE 2022 regulations change a lot compared to what we have had in recent years, explains Tom Fowler, technical director of Toyota. The most important is the introduction of a hybrid system which will bring additional power to the car. We also have a completely new chassis.

It's an exciting project. So much has changed. We had to go back to the design department to practically remake a new car (...) We collected a lot of data (during these tests in Portugal) which our engineers will study at our base camp in Finland to prepare for the next stages of development which will take place in Finland and elsewhere in Europe until the car is approved at the end of the year ».

The beginnings of the hybrid era are planned for the Rally Monte Carlo 2022.

Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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