Toyota will participate in INRC with two Etios rally cars; event scheduled to take place in Chikmagalur next week
Japanese auto giant Toyota is all set to enter a new chapter in the Indian automobile sector as the brand is gearing up to participate in the Indian national Rally Championship (INRC). The automaker will compete with two of its Etios rally cars in the event that is scheduled to take place in Chikmagalur on November 24th and 25th.
Toyota’s participation in this event will add zing to the INRC for sure. There will be other auto majors like Volkswagen and Mahindra participating in the event. Toyota Etios rally cars will be driven by Japanese drivers who have prior experience of rallying. Also, these Japanese drivers have been testing the Toyota Etios rally cars for last couple of months.
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The Toyota Etios rally car has been developed and built in India, just like the Etios race cars. The Japanese auto brand is yet to reveal the details and specification of the Etios rally car. But, one thing is sure. The company is expected to employ the car with group N specification to test the performance of the model.
At later stage we might see the arrival of a more powerful version that would take inspiration from the Yaris of Toyota Gazoo Racing that performs at WRC. Speaking about the Toyota Etios rally car, it comes powered by a tried and tested 1.5-litre petrol engine in the group N variant. Combined with the low kerb weight and powered by the above mentioned engine, the car is expected to deliver an impressive performance.
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It is not clear, how many rallies in the country will see participation of Toyota. But, if they continue participating in the major rallies in the country, surely Indian motorsport is going to a massive boost. While the brand has confirmed its launch in the event, we expect to learn more about the Toyota Etios rally car in coming days.