With an all-new livery.
Why do we never get anything cool? The Toyota Yaris was discontinued for the 2021 model year in the US, which means that we will miss out on what is possibly the coolest hot hatch of the past decade: the Yaris GR is a homologation-spec rally racer for the road, and as we've seen in countless videos, this little car is blisteringly quick and already proven itself more than capable on the international rally circuit. To keep the hype train rolling, Toyota Gazoo Racing has now unveiled a new look for the Toyota Yaris WRC in preparation for the new season, and we have to admit, it looks awesome.
The new livery looks similar to that worn by the GR010 Hypercar for the FIA World Endurance Championship and features aero work that wouldn't look out of place on a Pikes Peak racer. The color scheme ties in with the road cars, and it is clear that Gazoo Racing wants to keep the relationship between road and race as close as possible.
Underneath all the glitz lies a tried and trusted platform that has served Toyota well for five consecutive seasons. This will be the last season the car will be run in its current form before new technical regulations are introduced to the championship in 2022.
As it stands, the car has won an impressive 17 victories in the WRC, and a massive 322 stage wins. More than that, the Toyota team has managed back-to-back wins in both the driver's and co-drivers categories in 2019 and 2020. While the team continues to optimize the car for the new season, Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has been made the sole tire supplier for the WRC, which should add an interesting dynamic to this already thrilling series. The new WRC season kicks off on January 21 at the Rallye Monte-Carlo.