The all-new Toyota Yaris World Rally Car has taken the stage at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Toyota hopes to take on the WRC champion Volkswagen, as well as title contenders Citroen and Ford.
For the 2017 WRC challenge, Toyota has tied up with Microsoft. The technology partnership will assist the rally team on data logging, team communication, and social media promotion that will let the fans know the team's progress.
The partnership will also play a vital role in the development of technology for future road cars, including autonomous driving technology. Toyota has confirmed they would also work in close collaboration with tyre supplier Michelin, as well as Panasonic and tech firm DMG Mori as technical partners.
The new Yaris WRC was driven to the stage by four-time world rally champion Tommi Makinen, who is said to play a vital role in developing the car for Toyota's satellite team Gazoo Racing. For now, Toyota has not confirmed the driver lineup yet.
Stay tuned to DriveSpark as we keep track of the new Yaris WRC, which will debut at Monte Carlo rally in January.