Let me briefly explain to you what that means in order to enter a formal showroom, motorsport bit rally or touring cars. Sometimes the race, car and the road car are similar. What that means is a manufacturer has to take its road car, modify it homologate it for road use and then realize a great race car. What it can't do is take the road car, modify it beyond recognition and then use that instead, even though the gi ers was designed with wrc in mind, it sadly won't make its competition debut. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spanner into works of testing, which means toyota have decided to use last year's car again this year. That hasn't stopped a bunch of australians, however, being trailblazers. What they've gone and done is taken a showroom, gi, yaris modified it to ap4 regulation and plan to enter it in the australian rally championship we're here at neil bates motorsport with the boss and the car itself. Let'S go and check it out Music, even though he's busy building both giarris ap4 rally, cars. Neil bates took some time out to give us some details on the technical aspects, though the all wheel drive system is a satisf system, so in ap4 regulation same as rally 2, you have to have a lock center diff, so it's 50 50 drive front to rear It has a hang on clutch in the middle of the tail shaft, which is a clutch pack, which is really exactly the same as what the yaris has on the front of the diff standard um, which breaks the drive from front to rear.
The only thing we're not allowed to do with that is change the drive which obviously the arrows does standard, but obviously we can break the drive for handbrake six speed, sequential that transmission uh was designed for rallycross. So when you talk about uh differences there, you know from that point of view, this transmission's incredibly reliable, because rally cross cars have 600 plus horsepower because they're so it's over engineered for the job. But when you look at ongoing costs, you know the transmission is 3000 kilometers before its first service it's often asked why left hand drive two reasons for that: one it's much easier to get rack steering racks at a decent ratio, because it's 1.8 turns and lock the Lock getting them yeah there's very little in the way of motorsport racks available in right hand, drive and also for both boys, if there's an opportunity to do something in europe at some stage with left hand, drive so that's. The reason for left hand drive similar to any other race car which is ap. You know we make our own gear shifts, so the handbrake is a hollowed tube and then we put a fitting in the bottom and a plug in the top. So we actually use the handbrake lever as a reservoir. Neil went on to tell us that this new ap4 gi, yaris rally car weighs 30 kilograms less than the car it replaces. More importantly, the weight reduction has been realized in key areas like its roof, which affects center of gravity and its doors, which are now made from aluminium.
The new gi, yaris ap4 rally car was meant to make its debut at the nettier national capital rally in march. However, given a torrential downpour, that's recently hit the east coast of australia, the event has been postponed until the 9th to 11th of april.