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Toyota has announced that its prototype GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut next month at round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship in Germany. It won’t be competing directly in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland however, only being utilised in the event as the zero car.

Engineered by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) – the folk responsible for the GT86 CS-V3 Nürburgring VLN series racer – and developed to FIA R3 class requirements, the finished race-ready version of the Toyota 86 will begin shipping to its first customers in the first quarter of next year.

For this one, the FA20 2.0 litre four-pot boxer’s output has been upped to around 240-250 hp following software changes as well as revisions to the unit’s cam-lift and compression ratio. A six-speed sequential gearbox, with attendant limited-slip differential with variable ramp settings, drives things along.

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Standard fit kit includes a HJS racing exhaust/exhaust manifold, a 75 litre FT3 safety cell fuel tank, a weight-optimised safety cage designed to FIA requirements, Reiger three-way adjustable shock absorbers as well as four-pot front and two-pot rear brake calipers.

A couple of OZ wheel designs are available for the 1,080 kg offering, these being a 17-incher for tarmac use and a 15-incher for gravel-based applications.

At Rallye Deutschland, rally driver Isolde Holderied will pilot the pathfinder CS-R3, evaluating the testbed for performance while at it – the input from her drive will determine the final adjustments that can be made to the racer’s design prior to its homologation to international R3 competition criteria.