Toyota Rally Star Elfyn Evans to Drive the New GR Yaris at Goodwood Speedweek
Evans, who currently leads the World Rally Championship drivers’ title race, will be temporarily hanging up the keys of his WRC Yaris to give the new road-going model its first full-blooded public rally run in the UK. The new model is a thoroughbred performance car, developed through Toyota Gazoo Racing’s participation in the WRC.
Evans will be participating in the Speedweek Super Special stages with seven runs across two days: stages one to four from 6pm on Thursday 15 October, and stages five to seven from 1.10pm on Friday 16 October.
The special stages at Speedweek will bring together rally cars from across nearly half a century of the WRC. Two stages, the Northern and Southern loops, have been created within the confines of the racing circuit, taking in the track, infield area, perimeter road and the main vehicle tunnel. The combination of high-speed corners, tight hairpins and surface changes on both tarmac and gravel will create a formidable challenge for the drivers. More information about the event and the participants can be found here.
Following the cancellation of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival due to the Covid pandemic, Goodwood Speedweek has been organised, combining elements from both events in a weekend of motorsport action. Fans will be able to view the three days of live action broadcast from the circuit on a dedicated streaming site free of charge, as well as on the Goodwood Twitter, Facebook and YouTube social media channels. More information about Goodwood Speedweek is available here.
GR Yaris is a unique sports car, built on a new platform, powered by an all-new 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbo engine producing 261 DIN hp and 360Nm of torque and equipped with a bespoke GR-Four all-wheel drive system developed directly from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s competition experience. As well as being powerful, it is lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1,280kg, helping deliver a 5.5-second nought to 100 km/h time.