Toyota Is Making A Bonafide Rally Car You Can Buy
For decades the world of rallying has been the domain of all-wheel drive monsters. Now, Toyota's looking to change that. Blessed with the best rear-wheel drive platform they've had since Supras roamed the Earth, Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) is taking the GT86 (aka the Scion FR-S, aka the Subaru BRZ) and transforming it into a dirt-eating rally car called the CS-R3. The best part? Once they finish developing it, you'll be able to buy one yourself.
They've been working on the car in secret for a year now, and it'll officially break cover as a "pathfinder" car—basically a scout to make sure the road is reasonably safe—for the Rallye Deutschland later this month. They're still refining it quite a bit, but the car's entire raison d'etre is to eventually reach production as a reasonably affordable, turn-key package for rally enthusiasts at all levels.
Leading the modifications are a full rally-ready roll cage, a sequential transmission that'll shift gears quicker than you can blink, and a pair of different suspension setups that can be swapped out if you're going to be off-road.
They've also done some fairly extensive mods to the engine, especially in the electronics department, to get it up to snuff—250 hp in a lightweight car will do nicely—with an eye toward making the car highly competitive.
There's no word yet on pricing or when they expect to start offering the CS-R3 to the public, but when they do, you're definitely going to need to find more places with winding dirt roads.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He loves that Toyota Motorsports GmbH and Supercompressor's parent company Thrillist Media Group are both TMG, and he's patiently waiting for Toyota to let him drive this.