TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is pleased to report positive progress on its GT86 CS-R3 rear-wheel-drive rally car, with the first prototype entering final assembly prior to its first test.
TMG engineers have been working hard since October 2013 to develop the CS-R3 concept as a clean-sheet design.
Group A homologation has been confirmed for the base car and the FIA R3 homologation process will begin shortly, after the final specification has been validated on the test track.
TMG’s engine design and development department has analysed the original two-litre boxer engine and is completing an upgrade programme intended to improve on the 200hp maximum power.
With the support of its supplier, TMG has also prepared a sequential shift, six-speed gearbox for the GT86 CS-R3. This, along with limited-slip differential and modified brakes, will be installed on the test prototype in the coming days.
An FIA-homologated safety cage has been specially designed and calculated, allowing weight optimisation, and this has been successfully installed.
TMG has also sourced tailor-made wiring looms and motorsport engine ECUs, while a market-leading supplier is used to supply tarmac and gravel suspension kits, including specially-designed arms.
Final assembly of the car will be completed shortly and its first tests are planned this month. The car remains on schedule for a public launch in the second half of August.
The GT86 CS-R3 will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2015 in kit form while TMG will evaluate the supplying of built-up cars. Exact pricing has not yet been confirmed but TMG expects to deliver a competitive price compared to other R3 models.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “It’s very satisfying to see the GT86 CS-R3 taking shape and it is exciting to think it will be on the test track in just a few days. We have been working hard to reach this stage, with a lot of effort going into the preparation and planning to make sure we deliver a reliable and enjoyable car to customers from the beginning. Our engineer focus has been to develop a lightweight car which is safe, reliable and fun. So far everything is running on schedule and we are hitting our targets; we look forward to continuing that progress through the track-testing phase.”