Maki­nen: Toy­ota look­ing hard at an R5 car

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Toy­ota prin­ci­pal Tommi Maki­nen has ad­mit­ted a Yaris R5 re­mains on the cards, but its de­vel­op­ment is on hold due to the ab­sence of a suit­able en­gine for the car.

The Ja­panese gi­ant is the only make com­pet­ing at the pin­na­cle of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship with­out an R5 car, but Maki­nen ad­mits both he and Toy­ota can see the ben­e­fits of a com­mer­cial side to the rally op­er­a­tion. Maki­nen knows the mar­ket for sec­ond-tier WRC machin­ery, hav­ing sold Group N Subarus for 10 years through Tommi Maki­nen Rac­ing.

“We’re look­ing at it but it’s not con­firmed yet,” Maki­nen told MN. “I’m pretty sure Toy­ota wants the R5 car. The ques­tion is that there is no suit­able en­gine at the mo­ment, this is one of the big­gest rea­sons we haven’t done any­thing yet. The R5 reg­u­la­tions say we can­not do that much mod­i­fi­ca­tion; it has to be stan­dard. We have noth­ing con­firmed for this to change [in base en­gines from Toy­ota].

Maki­nen ad­mit­ted the com­pe­ti­tion in WRC2 made it an in­ter­est­ing propo­si­tion for Toy­ota, adding: “We can see so many man­u­fac­tur­ers there, with Skoda and Volk­swa­gen as well as the oth­ers and it would make that com­pe­ti­tion even bet­ter to have Toy­ota in there.”

Maki­nen ad­mit­ted it was un­likely that Toy­ota would sell its Yaris WRC, but he ad­mit­ted a rental op­er­a­tion out of Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing’s Pu­up­pola’s fac­tory could work. “There will be a time when we want to run young Ja­panese driv­ers in the [WRC] and maybe we could rent a car out, but at the mo­ment we are busy with the main pro­gramme,”

he said.

Maki­nen: R5 plan

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