The Toyota GR Sterlet is an AWD relay with a turbo 2.0-liter engine


The Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid WRC Racer may be the fastest, but it is not the only Rallycar from Gaju Racing, as South Africa has the recently launched Toyota GR Starlet.

The GR Starlet is based on the previous generation Toyota Glanza, a sister model of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and not the latest model that was unveiled a few months ago.

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Toyota Gaju Racing GR has not released high-resolution images of the Starlet, but from the available material we can see the wide bodykit and Gaju Racing Lever. Visual changes include front and rear fender add-ons, a vented bonnet, a roof scoop and a large rear spoiler. Inside, with the addition of a FIA-approved roll-cage and safety kit, the cabin has been stripped of its basic features.

Presumably, there is a slight resemblance between the chassis setup and the roadtrack model in the case of the powertrain. Beneath the bonnet is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a Motec ECU. Toyota did not give us the number but local media suggested that the mill is expected to produce more than 200 hp. Power is sent on four wheels via an AWD system and a serial gearbox. The GR Starlet also gets rigger dampers, alcon brakes and racing wheels, ensuring it gets maximum performance on difficult terrain.

The Toyota GR Starlet debuted at the Cape Overberg Rally in South Africa, racing with former South African National Rally Champion, Guy Botterell (driver) and Simon Vassi-Lyle (co-driver). The next scheduled event is the Sekunda Rally.

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