Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Review – If for Toyota, the competition is paramount in the World Endurance Championship, where he won the manufacturers’ title in 2014, with its TS040 Hybrid, Japanese does not mean forgetting his first love, the rally . A beautiful and long history that began in 1972 and ended in 1999, after three titles Manufacturers (1993, 1994 and 1999) and four drivers’ titles (1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994) acquired WRC. The heyday of the Celica and Corolla, Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol … Sixteen years later, Toyota therefore makes his return to the discipline. Not with the Yaris WRC (that is scheduled for 2017), but with this beautiful cut GT86 CS-R3, a version of “customer competition” for engaging in various national and international championships in Class R3, so walk intermediary before the premier class.
Designed in the workshops of TMG (Toyota Motorsport GmbH) in Cologne, Germany, the GT86 CS-R3 is also very little to do with the original model. Roll cage made large welded to the body, specific suspension and shock absorbers and adjustable in all directions, big brakes, 2.0 “atmo” pushed around 240 hp, sequential six-speed gearbox, adjustable differential … At the Obviously, this coupe CS-R3, sold in kit form “in self-assembly” (€ 100,800), exudes high technology. It even has what it takes to stand up to Renault Clio RS and DS 3, references in R3. With rear-wheel drive, it promises even greater driving pleasure than the simple “push-ups”, especially during the tests on slippery ground …
Slippery, did you say? Earth, mud, gravel, rain and even puddles in some corners: to try this rally GT, here I served on the small track of Estering Cross, near Hamburg. A real battlefield! Suddenly, I see a little tension in the ranks of the TMG team lends me the only GT86 CS-R3 built to date. From the first laps, I quickly fixed. Adhesion is close to zero, the rear wheels are spinning at the slightest acceleration, Toyota slips in every direction at every turn, derives from the same line back in full and slows or rather, trying to slow down … as if she was driving on a ball mat. So difficult, and a handful of laps to assess the huge potential of such a device.
One thing is certain, the feelings have nothing to do with those of the standard model. An authentic racing car, the GT86 CS-R3! With a lively engine and capable of taking 8,000 rev / min in less than two on each of the six-storied super-fast, fast as lightning sequential gearbox and a shorter gear ratio steering also specifies sharply incisive. As often with real rally cars, Toyota is even quite easy and intuitive to control when drifting, provided it does not take too much for a professional driver … Phew! After a sacred struggle at the wheel, I cut back this entire tent Team TMG. The main …Back to Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Review