Toyota developing rally-worthy GT86 CS-R3

Turns out, the Celica GT-Four isn’t the only way for Toyota to prove it has the chops to race in the World Rally Championship.

Toyota’s motorsports arm, Toyota Motorsport GmBH (TMG), recently announced a rally version of its GT86 (also known as the Scion FR-S). Available to private rally teams, TMG says the CS-R3 will compete in the lower R3 class as early as 2015.

Although exact performance specifications haven’t been detailed just yet, the CS-R3 will still be rear-wheel-drive, but with a six-speed sequential manual transmission, a limited-slip differential and a whole host of other upgrades, including plenty of engine, brake and suspension modifications.

Furthermore, TMG says the CS-R3 will draw from the engineering that went into its Nurburgring endurance racer, also based on the GT86. Although Toyota doesn’t compete in the WRC on a corporate level, the CS-R3 will join the Yaris R1A in TMG’s fleet of rally racers.

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