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Feature – Toyota Yaris AP4

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The Toyota Yaris AP4 unveiled today in South Australia is a car that has to be seen to be believed.

From humble beginnings in mid 2016, the project has been a stressful, yet rewarding one for the team at Neal Bates Motorsport.

The final two weeks of preparation before Lightforce Rally SA have consisted of very long days for the team, who were on a tight schedule to have the immaculate car prepared.

In its first test last week it was already impressing Australian Rally Champonship leader, Harry Bates.

“We did about 50 kilometres, and the feeling was pretty good straight away,” he said.

“I think we’re all just really excited to see it going this weekend and seeing our hard work come to fruition,” Bates said.

Sitting in it’s mostly white war paint, the car looks the business, and the young star will be hoping it does the business also.

Powered by a 1.6 litre turbo engine, the Yaris looks and sounds fantastic, and is sure to leave fans wanting more.

The car, with a 224 kilowatt engine, has substantially higher power and torque than its S2000 predecessor that Bates has driven for the past 18 months.

The left hand drive machine also features Sadev differentials and six-speed sequential gearbox.

Despite having the new car at his disposal, Bates is acknowledging the challenge that will face him this weekend.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of adjusting this weekend throughout the rally, but that’s the main reason we wanted to debut it here, so that we get kilometres in the car.

“If we can get a good result this weekend, then that’ll be a bonus, but it’s all about trying to get the car right before Rally Australia in November.”

Toyota Yaris AP4 Specifications:

Model: Toyota Yaris

Engine type: 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder

Engine Designation: 2ZZ-GE (de-stroked from 1.8L to 1.6L)

Configuration: In-line

Valve mechanism: Twin-cam 16-valve

Fuel system: Bosch

Restrictor Plate: 34mm restrictor plate

Displacement: 1613cc

Bore x stroke (mm): 82.0 x 76.4

Compression ratio: 10.5:1

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Turbocharger: Garrett 2860

Exhaust: Custom 2 ¾ inch

Intercooler: Custom PWR Front-mount

ECU: Motec M150 power management system and C125 display/logger

Maximum Power: 300hp/224kW

Maximum Torque: 420Nm

Driveline type: All-wheel drive

Gearbox: Sadev six-speed sequential

Differentials: Sadev (front & rear)

Steering system: Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion

Front brakes: 300mm x 30mm slotted discs, four-piston AP Racing callipers

Rear brakes: 300mm x 30mm slotted discs, four-piston AP Racing callipers

Hand Brake: Sadev Hydraulic

Front suspension: Independent MacPherson struts with MCA coil springs and remote-reservoir dampers

Rear suspension: Independent MacPherson struts with MCA coil springs and remote-reservoir dampers

Wheels: Speedline 15 x 7.0 “

Tyres: MRF 205/65R15

Battery: Braille dry cell

Fuel Tank: 75L ATL Fuel Cell

Seats: Racetech RT9119

Harness: 6-point Sabelt

Steering Wheel: Sabelt 330mm

Roll Cage: Custom chrome moly

Dimensions:
Minimum dry weight: 1230kg
Overall length: 3945mm
Width: 1820mm
Height: 1485mm
Wheelbase: 2525mm

Luke is the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications. He has experience across many sectors and has rallying in his blood!

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