Toyota Corolla TCR prototype officially unveiled
Official images have been revealed of the new Toyota Corolla TCR after it completed two days of testing at the Autodromo Oscar Cabalen in Alta Gracia, Argentina.
The first prototype built by Toyota Gazoo Racing Argentina completed two tests on December 15 and 20, as the first steps towards TCR homologation for and thus being certified by WSC to compete in series across the world, including the FIA WTCR and Supercheap Auto TCR Australia.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Argentina holds the exclusive rights to produce and market the Toyota Corolla Sedan TCR, with its first laps being viewed by WSC Technical Department representative Massimo Garbin.
The first laps were driven by President of Toyota Argentina and Chief Officer of Toyota Gazoo Racing Latin America Daniel Herrero, who was left impressed by the Corolla TCR.
“The first impression of the Corolla TCR was outstanding,” Herrero remarked.
“The tests we have done with Matías (Rossi) were demanding but positive. I liked the engine response, cornering speed and braking. I am proud to have been the very first one to drive it. I can assure that the car has great potential.”
Factory pilot Matias Rossi, a winner of nine titles in all Argentine Touring Car categories in the past 15 years, took over driving duties.
WSC Group President Marcello Lotti is excited by the potential of the latest TCR model.
“I am delighted to see that the Toyota Corolla Sedan TCR has successfully undergone its first test sessions entering in the development phase of the ambitious programme carried on by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing,”
“The car is beautiful and looking at the results previously achieved by the team in other categories I am sure it will quickly prove its potential.
“I can’t wait to see it taking the track for the actual racing. Considering the appeal of the Toyota brand I believe that soon we will see a lot of Corolla TCR cars racing on the tracks all over the world.”
The Toyota Corolla TCR will make its debut next year.