This Toyota GR Yaris drifter has a Supra's 2JZ engine
Now that's an interesting partnership
Officially unveiled at the Toyota Auto Salon 2020, and billed as the company's next big thing, the GR Yaris has a lot to live up to, especially when you consider the people that have been the brains behind the brawn. The result of a joint effort between Gazoo Racing, Toyota's skunkworks department, and rallying royalty 'Tommi Mäkinen Racing', the new Yaris really is set to redefine the way we see the lineage.
Truly woeful. Image credit: Parkers.
When someone says the name 'Toyota Yaris' to you, the picture above is what you automatically think of - it's just what we're accustom to .. but those days are well and truly gone. The latest addition to the family houses a 257bhp, turbocharged three-cylinder engine, along with a chassis and suspension that's ever so bias towards off-road capabilities. It's been uniquely designed in this way so as to provide Toyota with a competitive advantage in the World Rally Championship against Hyundai, who're providing a pound for pound challenger in the form of their i20 Coupe WRC.
Now that's hot. Image credit: Autocar.
As a result, the GR Yaris follows in the footsteps of homologation specials like the Celica GT-Four, the Subaru Impreza, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and in doing so, it's the first of its kind in over a generation. Toyota have yet to begin shipping customer deliveries of the Yaris GR, but one very special man has been fortunate enough to enjoy early access - that man is world class drifter Daigo Saito.
Daigo Saito pictured here on the right. Image credit: Monster Energy.
Considering his line of work, Saito doesn't like to keep his cars standard, and so it comes as no surprise that he's already started 'fast and furious-ing' his latest addition. It's also worth noting that he's actually been given two examples of the GR Yaris, the first of which has been given a widebody Pandem kit treatment. The nitty gritty about the mechanical statistics remain unclear, but aesthetically at least, it really is a head turner:
The second iteration he possesses is still under works, and that's because it's being fitted with a 2JZ engine from an A80 Toyota Supra - how ludicrous does that sound? Trying to squeeze an upgraded 3.4-litre engine into a space that was designed to hold a 1.6-litre, three-cylinder engine really isn't easy, but when it's completed, you can be sure that this car is going to be absolute dynamite.