Feature – Toyota Yaris AP4
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)
Valve mechanism: Twin-cam 16-valve
Fuel system: Bosch
Restrictor Plate: 34mm restrictor plate
Bore x stroke (mm): 82.0 x 76.4
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
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
Minimum dry weight: 1230kg
Overall length: 3945mm