Jari-Matti Latvala is the spearhead of Toyota in the WRC. This is why the Finnish have the great responsibility to evolve the new Toyota Yaris WRC, a car that has just completed a few miles after his late signing by the team, led by Tommi Mäkinen. All in all, this brief experience on the World Rally Car of the japanese firm has served to verify that the Yaris WRC is a car, very different to the Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2017, a model that could be tested in its development phase before the abrupt departure of the German firm’s WRC.
In this line, Jari-Matti Latvala explained in ‘Autosport.pt’ the differences that have been found in the Toyota Yaris WRC in relation to the two vehicles that he has flown in the past few years: “If I were 22 years old and off to a new computer it would not know the way, but after competing with Ford and have been a part of the development work of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2017, I think that I know what path to take with the suspensions and other items. I have many ideas, although it is true that the concept of the Yaris is very different from that of the Volkswagen. Especially in the way that works with the chassis”.
One of the key points to the hour
of succeeding in the development is, according to Jari-Matti Latvala, not to try to adapt
the car to the taste of the pilot, and yes to convert the style of riding to what
requires the vehicle: “I Remember
when I drove the Polo I tried to do it as the Ford. did Not work and I had to
ok, that was a different car and from there try to work for
get comfortable with the Pole. Soon I began to improve. Similarly, we have
to accept the behavior of the Yaris and although you can take ideas from other
cars, cannot be extrapolated with accuracy. All in all, after 170 rallies in the
WRC I have all claro”.