Published on July 14th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota’s legendary rally cars
The WRC (World Rally Championship) began in 1973, unifying numerous rally events held independently around the world into a single series to create a world championship. At the start of this epic race series, Toyota Motor developed a car for every season to competed in this, the world’s greatest rally series, from the beginning.
Up to the present day, Toyota has continued to compete in WRC as a proving ground for making ever-better cars. Here below are pictures of the legendary Toyota cars that conquered the WRC from the early days until the 1990’s.
In October of 1982, 200 special Group B homologated (a certification allowing it race in a motorsport series) models known as the GT-TS, and based around the new engine, were made available. After making an instant impact with the third-generation Celica, winning its first event and helping Toyota to fifth place in 1982 World Rally Championship the new turbo-charged Group B rally cars were immediately more competitive.
Although its two-wheel drive configuration put it at a disadvantage compared to four-wheel drive rivals, it would go on to be crowned the ‘King of Africa’ after winning three-quarters of the continent’s World Rally Championship rounds over four years, including the 1984 Safari Rally for the first time.