AUTHOR: JESSICA ESCOBAR
The Japanese brand has presented on January 13, the latest version of its GR Yaris, a car that won the championship last season and that has some modifications to its engine and aerodynamics.
Last year, the GR Yaris became the car to beat after the switch to hybrid Rally1 regulations in the WRC. The car achieved seven victories in the 13 events held, six of them thanks to the work of Kalle Rovanpera, who became the youngest world champion in history.
The fast and reliable GR Yaris helped Toyota to its sixth WRC Manufacturers' title with one round to go. Although Toyota dominated much of 2022, it came under increasing pressure from Hyundai in the second half of the year, proving weaker on gravel rallies.
Over the winter break, Toyota has introduced a number of updates to its GR Yaris for 2023, the most notable being a new rear aerodynamic package. The pronounced airboxes that graced the sides of the car to cool the hybrid unit have been replaced with a much more subtle and aerodynamic design, as they found that the 2022 design overestimated the amount of cooling required for the hybrid unit.
That has also prompted a redesign of the fenders and rear arches. The rear wing has also been modified to be in keeping with the new aerodynamic package.
In addition to the aerodynamic changes, Toyota has chosen to update its 1.6-liter engine to improve power delivery and torque.