Out on track at the Vintage Sports Car Club Pomeroy Trophy Competition was the brand new Toyota Yaris GRMN. The very limited edition Yaris has been launched to celebrate the return of Toyota Gazoo to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017.
The new model which has a limited run of 400 for European customers saw most of them snapped up within 72 hours of the online reservation opening. The Yaris GRMN boasts over 200bhp and takes 6.4 seconds to reach 62mph and the top speed is electronically limited to 143mph . The supercharged engine which is manufactured in the UK was developed with Lotus, with the final build and installation of the 1,798cc 2ZR-FE engine carried out by Toyota Motor Manufacturing France.
The styling of the Yaris GRMN feature the red, white and black of Toyota Gazoo’s Racing colours and includes bespoke sports seats, a smaller steering wheel modified from the GT86 coupe and many details echoing it’s rally car counterpart. Each of the cars is assembled by a dedicated technical team alongside the standard Yaris production line.
Also competing was one of Toyota’s Heritage Fleet the, 1966 Toyota Corona Deluxe.
The car is a significant part of the Toyota story as it was one of the first models to be embraced by the West, actually being named Imported Car of The Year in the US in 1969 and became the first single model to sell over a million units in Japan.
Driving the Toyota Yaris GRMN at Silverstone were Patrick Mortell and Richard Seymour, with Alric Kitson behind the wheel of the Corona.
Mortell and Seymour were both awarded 3rd Class honours.
The VSCC Pomeroy Trophy Competition is a series of marked tests, which range from being able to fit two standard VSCC sized suitcases in a competitors car, to braking, acceleration and speed tests. Despite being held by the Vintage Sports Car Club, the Competition is open to all roadworthy cars. The VSCC has been in existence since 1934, originally a motoring club for competing in pre-war cars, the social aspect is equally important and the age range of cars has also expanded, with a wide array of vehicles to be seen at any of the varied events run by the club, which range from rallies, to hill climbs to track days.
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