Watch the new GT86 CS-R3 show why RWD is for rally racing [video]

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When you think of rally racing, Subaru’s WRX/STI all-wheel-drive performance cars and Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution dominated the scene. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) wants to change that and definitely bring new excitement to the sport of rallying by developing the GT86 CS-R3, a rear-wheel-drive rally car. The GT86 is almost ready to roll out and TMG is making final adjustments to the rally car.

TMG tested the 250hp GT86 CS-R3 in Germany to prepare it for production and public release. They say the rally car will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2015 in kit form. TMG expects to offer a price comparable to other R3 models. They’re testing it in the dirt and it looks like it’s almost ready. Check out TMG’s new video.

This special GT86 CS-R3 is intended to deliver 240-250bhp and benefits from special upgrades that will make it compliant with FIA R3 regulations. This allows modification of its 2.0 liter Subaru boxer engine, software and hardware changes, such as cam lift and compression ratio, all part of an extensive development program by TMG.

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TMG has also supplied bespoke motorsport wiring harnesses and engine ECUs, while the car will be fitted with market-leading asphalt and gravel suspension kits, including purpose-built control arms. The GT86 CS-R3 has already undergone extensive testing on various racing conditions and surfaces in preparation for its launch at dealerships in 2015. The extreme dirt and gravel tests in the video show that the new Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car R3 RWD 2015 is ready.

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