I’m a rally ace and have driven Toyota’s GR86 – it’s a thrill behind the wheel and it looks great too

IF Toyota is in, they will win it.

At least it seems so when you look at these incredible results:

We asked Toyota rally ace Elfyn Evans to try out the peachy GR 86


We asked Toyota rally ace Elfyn Evans to try out the peachy GR 86
Much like the GR Yaris, you get value for money


Much like the GR Yaris, you get value for money


Evans said it was a “very fun car” with a “top of the range engine”.

LeMans: 1st 1st 1st 1st

Dakar: 1st 1st

World Rally Championship: 1st 1st 1st 1st

The only Toyota What hasn’t dominated in recent years is Formula 1 – and that’s because it’s not in it.

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It’s not just a marketing exercise, either.

All the know-how gained from motorsport goes into building road cars like that GR Yaris, GR above and GR 86 even better.

We asked Toyota rally ace Elfyn Evanstop right to try out the peachy GR 86, an old-school, rear-wheel drive manual sports car that costs £30,000.

Guess what? He liked it.

The Welshman said: “It’s a very fun car. Pretty sharp engine, pretty tight handling, pretty dynamic too.

“It’s one of the few cars where you really feel a connection to the road.

“I think it looks great too. It’s a real sports car for almost half the price of a car that looks, or even feels, comparable. Much like the GR Yaris, you get value for money.

Toyota has won four consecutive World Rally Championship titles, with Elfyn finishing second in 2020 and 2021


Toyota has won four consecutive World Rally Championship titles, with Elfyn finishing second in 2020 and 2021Photo credit: Jaanus Ree / Red Bull Content Pool

“It might not be at the top of your list for comfort or practicality, but that’s not what it’s designed for. It’s designed to give you thrills behind the wheel. It’s designed to look good. It ticks all the boxes in that regard.â€‌

Toyota boss Akio Toyoda loves this little car and even challenged his WRC stars to beat his lap time in a post Rally Japan one.

Elfyn said: “He’s a very good driver – and he’s been practicing.

“There’s a real passion at Toyota for building better cars through learning about technology in motorsport, and that’s essentially what the GR (Gazoo Racing) brand is about – bridging the relationship between the two.

“Cars like the GR Yaris and the GR 86 really show that.”

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Toyota has won four consecutive World Rally Championship titles, with Elfyn finishing second in 2020 and 2021.

His battle for the 2023 title begins with today’s legendary Monte Carlo Rally.

Let it burn, Elfyn.

Read some of the best bits from our chat now.


“THE goal is always the same – to win. Last year wasn’t a strong season for us, but before that we were second for two years in a row and fought for the title until the last lap.

“I didn’t get along with the new Yaris as well as I did with the previous generation. We really had to work on understanding how to make the most of it. But after 12 months, I feel like we’re in a much better position.

“It is a complicated sport. It’s not just the driver, it’s the passenger, it’s the car. Many factors have to come together and you need a bit of luck.

“Monte is such a lottery. There are so many elements that need to be done right. But when you win the Monte, you know you’ve done something very special.

“The focus is on driving well and seeing where we end up – but the goal is to win.”


“WRC has some of the most spectacular visuals of any sport. It’s very unpredictable. But I don’t think it’s conveyed very well at the moment. The promotion of the championship could be better.

“Drive To Survive was incredible for F1. I’m not sure if that’s the answer for the WRC but someone has to come up with something to represent what’s going on much better than it is at the moment.”


“IT is a catastrophe that we no longer have a World Championship round.

“Ari Vatanen said he fell in love with the sport watching Rally Finland early in the morning, seeing the cars with their brakes smoldering in the dark, the sounds, the smells – and all of us know his story has turned out.

“Without Rally GB there is no hope of inspiring youngsters to even follow the sport let alone try to get into it.â€‌


“IT was a massive shock to everyone. What Ken has done for rallying and motorsport in general has been tremendous. He was one of the greatest motorsport drivers of the last 20 years.

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“He had a great vision, he was very good at what he did, all the gymkhana stuff, and he always managed to come up with something new and push the boundaries.

“We were at Ford at the same time. RIP Ken.”


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