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BLADDER_MASTER
10-24-2006, 01:46 AM
Former Mitsubishi and Hyundai WRC works driver Alister McRae will return to the FIA World Rally Championship in December, when he competes in the final round of the series, Wales Rally GB at the wheel of the newly-homologated Toyota Super 2000.

The car will be run by the British RED team, which recently announced its appointment by Toyota South Africa, the developer of the Toyota Super 2000, as its worldwide agent.

McRae has already been secured by RED to help it develop the Toyota Super 2000 car for asphalt, as well as push its gravel specification forward. This season's WRC finale will see the competition debut of the car outside South Africa and McRae is understandably excited by the prospect of competing on home soil in a new specification of car.

"It's great to back in the WRC, especially in something as exciting as a new car to Europe," said the Scot. "It will be good to see how the car compares in terms of pace with the Group N cars. The event is the final round of the British Rally Championship and I think those guys on home soil will probably be as quick as any of the Production car World Rally Championship drivers. Last year, the Junior World Rally Championship guys were also pretty close to the Group N pace, so it will be good to see how the speed stacks-up."

McRae will test the car for two days prior to the start of the event but he already has some experience. He drove it in South Africa earlier this year, immediately after winning the Zulu Rally, a 'candidate event' for inclusion in the WRC and so had the opportunity to directly compare it with Group N machinery.

"The Toyota Super 2000 is a great drivers' car," he added. "In Group N, you tend to drive to the car's limits but the Super 2000 cars need to be driven a bit harder, with more commitment that's how the best times will come. I also think that with the normally-aspirated engines, limited to 8500rpm, they will be pretty spectacular, from a drivers' and spectators' point of view. In fact, anything at 8500rpm in the Welsh forests is going to be pretty special."

The team is still talking to sponsors, so the livery of the car is not yet finalised. However, McRae is looking forward to the event: "Some of my best results have been on Rally GB. And to be out there with a car that's new to the WRC is very exciting, not just for me but for the sport as well. We now have Fiat and Toyota S2000 cars out on WRC events, while Volkswagen is coming, as is Peugeot. It opens up a whole new category that is significantly cheaper than World Rally Cars. And with Eurosport behind the International Rally Challenge, next year should be a good one for Super 2000."

Source: http://www.crash.net/news_view~t~McRae-to-debut-Toyota-S2000-on-Rally-GB-~cid~4~id~139372.htm

Some info on the car:
http://www.toyota.co.za/motorsport/rally.aspx

Some more info on the car + engine specs:
http://www.damseauxmotorsport.co.za/rally_car.htm

BTW, 198 kW equals 271.26 hp.

Also, Super 2000 cars are rev limited to 8500RPM.

Cavanagh
10-24-2006, 02:40 AM
Hellz ya!

KoreanJoey
10-24-2006, 03:38 AM
mmmm... BEAMS

Morwan
10-24-2006, 06:16 PM
Things should get pretty interesting next year, Honda and Suzuki both announced that they're entering the WRC as well.

GT4SOM
10-25-2006, 02:46 AM
Thats tight, but that car looks like a panzy

Cavanagh
10-26-2006, 12:56 AM
Yepp....agree, but with honda and suzuki in the game? Its deff. gunna be toyota on top.

tankd0g
10-26-2006, 01:18 AM
What's the RunX, is that our Matrix?

Galcobar
10-26-2006, 03:26 AM
Looks like -- which makes sense, the Matrix XRS is along with the Corolla XRS the top four-cylinder cars for Toyota speedwise. They run the 7th-gen Celica GTS engine.

Scary part is that it's a Toyota-Pontiac hybrid.

Morwan
10-26-2006, 07:25 AM
I don't think Toyota won't need to worry about Honda, but Suzuki has been running in the Junior WRC with great success for the past few years. Subaru's #2 driver, Chris Atkinson, won a couple of Junior WRC championships in a Suzuki before starting in the WRC this year.


Looks like -- which makes sense, the Matrix XRS is along with the Corolla XRS the top four-cylinder cars for Toyota speedwise. They run the 7th-gen Celica GTS engine.

They've both been killed off for the 2007 model year, unfortunately. :/

cms-gt4
10-26-2006, 09:41 PM
The next gen corolla gets the celica's 1.8 and awd in japan. I doubt we will get that model.

GT4SOM
10-26-2006, 10:39 PM
USDM equals major gheyness. This is running a 2.0 L beams?? Hope we get a nice production model here with that engine :Drool:

Morwan
10-26-2006, 11:59 PM
The next gen corolla gets the celica's 1.8 and awd in japan. I doubt we will get that model.

The next gen Corolla is getting the 136 HP 2ZR-FE, not the 180 HP 2ZZ-GE. I was hoping the 2ZR-FE would produce a lot more power since it's got Dual VVti, but apparently it's tuned for emissions and gas mileage, kind of like iVTEC.

Conrad_Turbo
10-27-2006, 09:54 PM
Mmmm slide throttle bodies are neat. :D