Toyota to debut 2007-shape Corolla
- 26th September 2006, 3:07pm
The car will be unveiled at the Melbourne Motor Show next March, before a mid-year launch and, according to Breen, will look like a larger Toyota Yaris.
“It would make sense to run the car in next year’s championship,” Breen told RallySport Magazine. “We would just have to get some bodyshells from Japan so that we could start the build process early enough.”
Toyota have yet to decide what form the rally team will take next year. Team TRD manager, Darryl Bush, said that they were still unsure if they would run two of the new Super 2000 Corollas, or one S2000 car and one of the current Group N (P) Corollas.
“At this stage we don’t know,” Bush said. “Until we get an S2000 car ready and car start testing it, we’re unsure if it will be faster or slower than the current car.
“It would be silly to compete with two S2000 cars if they are slower than the current car, because we’d simply get blown away by the Mitsubishis and Subarus, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the first tests bring,” he added.
The team at Neal Bates Motorsport currently have the first S2000 car in the workshop being prepared, and although it was initially hoped to debut the car at the Rally of Melbourne, that has now been delayed.
Some of the control components for the cars, such as the gearboxes, are diffucult to obtain at the moment because of production delays, which hasn’t helped Toyota’s cause to date. It is thought that these parts may be made available through regional suppliers, who will build the components to the specifications outlined by the FIA.
Neal Bates and Simon Evans will again be Toyotas drivers in 2007.
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