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Toyota plots suspension upgrades for GR Yaris Rally1

Toyota is working on a new suspension homologation which could be seen on the GR Yaris Rally1 as early as next monthís Safari Rally Kenya.

Photo: WRC
Photo: WRC

The teamís technical director Tom Fowler has confirmed in the media that the changes to the car represent a significant update from the carís current specification.

Fowler said the team had been working on the revisions last year. The teams often introduce new specification parts around March or April, once the specific events like Monte Carlo and Sweden are out of the way. Coming into this season, the only real change to the Yaris was an engine upgrade offering more torque from the 1600cc unit.

Fowler said: ďThis has been the target of our development through the 2023 season and into 2024.

ďItís going to be quite a big overhaul of the suspension system which involves, I would say, at least 10 components, so itís quite a big update. Itís not pure performance. Thereís reliability in there as well. We have had some suspension-related technical difficulties over the last couple of years, at times.Ē

The delivery time on the new parts hasnít been finalised yet.

Fowler added: ďItís currently with the FIA for the next homologation cycle, which is due for publication on 1 March. We havenít decided as a team yet whether we will bring it in the next rally after March 1 or the one after that. Itís more a logistical question than something else.

ďWe know we have things that can go wrong in Kenya because weíve been monitoring them over the last two Safaris, and we may choose to fix those in a more permanent way before we go there [with the new homologation parts]. We havenít decided yet.Ē

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