The new entry-level Yaris R1A rally car has been developed to comply with FIA R1A regulations that permit only limited performance modifications to production vehicles with engines up to 1.4-liters in displacement.
The upgrade kit from Toyota includes racing exhaust and catalytic converter system, shorter final drive gear, motorsport suspension with adapted springs and adjustable ride height.
Naturally, the Yaris also gains a comprehensive suite of safety features including a bolt-in roll cage, guards for sump, fuel tank and fuel lines, fire extinguishers, rally seats and safety harness plus power cut-off switch.
The Japanese automaker said that it expects the Yaris R1A is to become the first car in the world to be awarded FIA R1A homologation before the end of the year. The homologation will allow drivers of the car to compete regional, national and international competitions all the way up to World Rally Championship events.
TMG (Toyota Motorsports GmbH) said it is taking orders for the Yaris R1A now, with donor car and upgrade kit (excluding tax and installation) priced at approximately €22,500 or GBP 17,700.
What makes this study special - aside from the fact that it promises to be faster than the Golf GTI, is that the German company confirmed that it previews a production model due for launch in late 2013.
As you have probably already guessed by know, the Polo R WRC Street is inspired by the company’s entry in the World Rally Championship starting from 2013.
Whereas the racing Polo R WRC sports a 1.6-liter TSI engine with 295hp (300PS), the road-going prototype makes use of the VW Group’s tried and tested 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine rated at 217-horsepower (220PS), or 10-horsepower more than the Golf GTI.
The Polo R WRC Street stands out from its lesser siblings thanks to an assortment of new aero parts like the redesigned front bumper with larger vents and a lip spoiler, a rear diffuser, black wheel arch extensions, a rear wing and larger alloy wheels.
We also get a sneak peek of the interior that boasts new sport seats and a steering wheel rim covered in Alcantara.
Volkswagen added that the car’s chassis has been upgraded with a lowered sports suspension.