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Toyota in the World Rally Championship

The sky’s the limit
All roads lead to better

After a successful debut for the Toyota Yaris WRC in 2017, with victories in Rally Sweden and Finland, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing head into the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season ready to push the limits for better. Armed with more knowledge, an improved Yaris WRC and a dynamic driver line-up, all the ingredients are in place for an unforgettable year, as we continue our quest to make ever-better cars through world rally.

Rally pedigree

Toyota’s rich history in international motorsport began at the 1957 Round Australia Rally. After a momentous first WRC win at the 1,000 Lakes Rally in 1975, we went on to record a series of landmark victories in the years that followed. Thanks to superstar drivers like Juha Kankkunen and Carlos Sainz at the wheel of legendary cars such as the Celica GT-Four and Corolla WRC, passionate fans are likely to remember Toyota’s WRC efforts in the late 80s and 90s most fondly.

Up until the end of our factory-based team initiatives in 1999, Toyota made WRC history with three manufacturers’ and four drivers’ titles. Our entry was then paused until 2015 when Akio Toyoda announced that Toyota would return to the WRC in 2017.

After a very pleasing first season in 2017, we are very excited to keep on learning this year as part of our mission to make ever-better cars

Tommi Mäkinen (Team principal)

2018 Toyota Yaris WRC

The Toyota Yaris WRC is a new generation rally car, tuned to near perfection in compliance with the 2017 FIA World Rally Car Technical Regulations. Due to a high-performance 1.6-litre turbo-charged engine, intelligent 4WD system and finely-tuned aerodynamics it can be driven safely at the limit on the world’s most demanding rally stages.

Based on lessons learned during our last season, the 2018 Yaris WRC features an upgraded aerodynamics package for increased front downforce and an update to the cooling system, which will benefit the team in the WRC’s hotter events.


Engine: 1.6-litre, in-line 4-cylinder direct injection engine

Maximum Power: Over 380 PS

Maximum Torque: Over 425 Nm

Gearbox: 6-speed hydraulic shift

Top speed: 201 kph (ratio specific)

Hot off the press

Read the latest Toyota news from every World Rally Championship round.

Meet the team

Primed and ready to push the limits in 2018, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team comprises
a passionate group of individuals based in Puppolla, Finland, led by four-time world champion, Tommi Mäkinen.


Akio Toyoda

Team Chairman


Tommi Mäkinen

Team Principal


Car #7

Driver:  Jari-Matti Latvala

Country: Finland

WRC Starts: 182

Highlights: WRC runner-up (2010, 2014 & 2015)


Car #7

Co-Driver: Miikka Anttila

Country: Finland

WRC Starts: 193

Highlights: WRC runner-up (2010, 2014 & 2015)


Car #8

Driver: Ott Tänak

Country: Estonia

WRC Starts: 79

Highlights: 3rd in World Rally Championship (2017)


Car #8

Co-Driver: Martin Järveoja

Country: Estonia

WRC Starts: 50

Highlights: WRC runner-up (2010, 2014 & 2015)


Car #9

Driver: Esapekka Lappi

Country: Finland

WRC Starts: 29

Highlights: First WRC victory (Rally Finland, 2017)


Car #9

Co-Driver: Janne Ferm

Country: Finland

WRC Starts: 29

Highlights: First WRC victory (Rally Finland, 2017)

Your guide to the WRC


The World Rally Championship’s combination of driving heroics, changeable conditions and global locations make it truly spectacular. But unlike mass-start circuit racing, rally’s unique in pitting drivers against the clock only a few minutes apart on closed roads.

Rise to the surface


2018 WRC Calendar



25-28 January 2018

15-18 February 2018

8-11 March 2018