Toyota Japan have homologated the Toyota Vitz (otherwise known as Yaris) into the R1B category, just a few days before the 5th round of APRC championship this year. The intention is to bring new drivers into the sport with its low costs, while future plans include higher spec R2 and R3 versions. We also look forward to the S2000 and WRC spec cars from their factory stable too.
This interview with Mr M Kohno, Group Manager Planning for Toyota Racing Development outlines the companies plans and the car's current specification prior to running as Double-Zero car at 2012 APRC Rally Hokkaido.
Hope this is going to be good and more than just support, so that there would be more healthy and exciting competition in this mostly unspoken sport.