Toyota explains the importance of having a Rally2 car

The technical director of Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, Tom Fowler, says that a Rally2 car will be important to the team for several reasons, but mainly for supporting the main squad by selling these cars.

The Japanese team had the desire to create a Rally2 car for many years and the time has come as Tommi Makinen and Juha Kankkunen drove a GR Yaris Rally2 on a Saturday stage of Rally Japan. This was a concept car which means that the regular rally car may be different to what Toyota showed in Japan. However, it must be mentioned that there are speculations that the first Toyota Rally2 cars will be available for use from 2024.

"I think there’s multiple layers to its importance", Fowler said.

"Firstly, it’s important from a business point of view – we’re known so far for producing very limited runs of cars for professional drivers.

"And we’ve done quite well at that but it’s a different game to producing cars for customers around the world and we need to grow as a business to be able to support the main team as well with a strong business background as well.

"The target is that more people can enjoy what we have created in terms of performance driving rally cars. 

"At the moment only four people in the world get to experience what Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC team is doing.

"As you’ve seen from Akio, he’s completely keen on everyone who wants to enjoying driving as much as possible, for whatever reason that makes them happy, not just winning world championships but winning maybe your local rally or regional championship, or just on a Sunday for fun".


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