Toyota Is Releasing A Hot Hatch Based On This Insane Rally Racer

Hot Hatch

No, that massive wing won't make it to the production car.

On the day that Toyota unveiled its new Yaris WRC car it also confirmed that a street-legal hot version of the tiny hatch was in the works. The rally car marks Toyota’s return to rally racing, a series it had sat on the sidelines of for 17 years. The new Yaris makes 380 horsepower from its 1.6-liter direct-injection engine. It has a ton of bonkers aerodynamic bits and bobs, including that ridiculously huge rear wing and rear fender flares that look like a filing cabinet full of black binders when viewed from behind.

The rally car is awesome and almost makes the M-Sport Fiesta WRC car, revealed just last week, look subtle. However, we’re more excited about the street car this rally racer is inspiring. The hopped-up Yaris sold on dealer lots will be noticeably different from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s nightmare of downforce. The aero bits won’t be as monstrous, although from the sketch it does look like that hatch-lid spoiler and those side skirts will be quite pronounced. Also, it looks like the brake calipers will be red, because the best way for a road-legal car to show that it’s fast is for it to have red brake calipers. Hopefully the Yaris hot hatch comes with an optional graphics pack that matches the livery of the WRC car.

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The official Twitter account for Toyota Europe tweeted out the sketch with the accompanying caption: “The #YarisWRC will have a direct impact on expanding the Yaris line-up with a performance oriented version.” That’s all we know about the car so far. Whether or not this will be a Europe-only model remains to be seen. Autocar recently spoke with Koei Saga, leader of Gazoo Racing and Toyota’s powertrain efforts, and he spoke of wanting to have “a brand like the M brand.” He also mentioned challenges in Europe, which makes us think a Toyota performance division might be restricted to the old world, at least if the first model is a hatchback. We’ll reach out to Toyota and report back. Until then, feel free to get your hopes up.

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