New 2024 Toyota GR Yaris Broke Covers At The Tokyo Auto Salon

CarPrices.ae Team / Posted On - January 13th 2024

The 2024 Toyota GR Yaris, born from motorsports challenges, features an 8-speed GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission. Drive modes and "Circuit Mode" offer a personalized experience. TGR plans GR Yaris RZ "High performance" models, emphasizing motorsports essence, and showcasing a commitment to excellence in sports cars and hot hatches.

Introduction

In the dynamic world of automotive innovation, the Toyota GR Yaris stands as a symbol of TGR car-making, embodying the pursuit of perfection through motorsports. Since its launch in September 2020, the GR Yaris has been at the forefront of various competitions, evolving with each challenge faced on the track. Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) has taken a unique approach, considering problems encountered in extreme racing environments as opportunities to refine and enhance the GR Yaris continually and present it in its 2024 avatar at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon to enthusiasts.

TGR's Endless Pursuit

Under the slogan "Thanks for breaking it," TGR acknowledges the relentless efforts of drivers who push the GR Yaris to its limits. Through constant analysis of driving data, reviewing steering feel, and examining the intricacies of broken parts, TGR refines the GR Yaris, ensuring it remains a pinnacle of motorsports-bred cars.

 

Evolution of Transmission Excellence

Newly Developed 8-speed GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission

The heart of the evolved new Toyota GR Yaris lies in its transmission. The 8-speed GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission undergoes rigorous testing in various conditions, from snow-covered roads in Finland to the demanding Japanese Rally Championship. TGR World Rally Team drivers, professional rally drivers, and even amateurs contribute to the "breaking and fixing" process, resulting in world-class gear-shifting speeds and reliability.

GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission Features

  • Optimized Control Software: Tailored for sporty driving, anticipating gear shifts based on the driver's intentions.
  • Heat-resistant Friction Material: Ensures world-class gear-shifting speeds.
  • Close-ratio Gears: Achieves optimal engine power band utilization.
  • Torsen® LSD (Limited Slip Differential): Enhances driving force control performance in the RZ "High performance" trim level.

 

Enhanced Cockpit Experience

TGR focuses on providing an exceptional driving experience with an exclusive cockpit design. The driving position is improved, and visibility is enhanced with a tilt in the control panel and display by 15 degrees. The shift lever's position and the addition of a hand brake cater to rally and gymkhana driving. Applying lessons from motorsports, the shift-lever manual-mode gear shifting direction is reversed, mimicking the operability of a world rally championship car's sequential transmission.

Turbocharged Power and Performance

The 2024 Toyota GR Yaris boasts a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, refined to increase output from 268hp to 300hp and torque from 370Nm to 400Nm. The result is a car designed to deliver sporty driving enjoyment and compete in motorsports at the highest level.

 

Exterior Innovation for Motorsports

TGR's commitment to motorsports is evident in the exterior design of the GR Yaris. Innovations such as a lightweight steel mesh grille, separable structures for easy restoration, and enhanced cooling performance through strategic grille openings demonstrate a focus on durability and performance in extreme racing conditions.

Reinforced Chassis and Body

To endure the rigors of harder driving, TGR increases the number of bolts fastening the body to the suspension and enhances body rigidity through additional spot welding points and structural adhesive application. The result is improved handling stability and ride comfort.

 

Cooling Package for Enhanced Performance

The higher engine output and the introduction of the GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission necessitate improved cooling. The "Cooling Package" offers an automatic transmission fluid cooler, sub-radiator, cool air intake, and intercooler sprayer, catering to the demands of motorsports.

Drive Mode Selection and Circuit Mode

The GR Yaris goes beyond conventional driving modes with the introduction of "Drive Mode Select." In addition to 4WD mode selection, users can tailor electronic power steering, air conditioning, and powertrain settings according to preferences and intended usage.

The innovative "Circuit Mode" unlocks an extraordinary sense of dynamism, featuring anti-lag control, increased speed limits, and customizable functions through a smartphone app, ideal for circuit driving enthusiasts.

 

Motorsport-Inspired Upgrades and Future Plans

TGR plans to offer an upgrade service for the GRMN Yaris, incorporating lessons from the evolved Toyota GR Yaris and motorsports participation. The GR Yaris RZ "High performance" concept models, inspired by Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä, further amplify the motorsports essence and are set to launch at the Rallye Monte Carlo.

Conclusion

In the realm of motorsports-bred sports cars and hot hatches, the evolved GR Yaris stands tall, a testament to TGR's commitment to excellence. With its advanced transmission, cockpit refinement, turbocharged power, and motorsport-specific features, the GR Yaris is not just a car; it's a driving experience like no other. Embrace the thrill, conquer the circuits, and witness the evolution of automotive perfection with the Toyota GR Yaris.

 

 

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