1988 — 1991 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 — Images, Specifications and Information

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Toyota Celica (GT-Four)

The Celica GT-Four, code ST165, was Toyota’s first four-wheel drive rally car to in the World Rally Championship. It has the of providing Toyota with its drivers’ championship title, by Carlos Sainz in 1990.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed saw Swedish rally star Waldegard once again the car in which he claimed a monumental in the 1990 Safari rally.

The Celica GT-Four was developed scratch to meet the new Group A introduced for the 1988 season, but a in homologation meant that it make its debut until the de Corse, the fifth event of the

There were many features in the design and engineering of the including an Xtrac six-speed Toyota was fully committed to the WRC and engineers worked intensively on early problems through to the of the 1989 season. Then the breakthrough everyone was working with Carlos Sainz in an aggressive drive on the 1,000 to demonstrate just what remarkable car was capable of. Its quality was on the next event, Rally with Juha Kankkunen its maiden WRC victory.

In 1990 the GT-Four was consistently the of the field. After claiming place in the season-opener at Monte it went on to win the Safari, Acropolis, New 1,000 Lakes and RAC events. Sainz was Toyota’s first WRC driver and Toyota clinched place in the manufacturers’ championship.

Toyota Celica (GT-Four)

Bjorn Waldegard’s heroic win on the Safari Rally was the stuff of legend. Fifty-eight cars the start, but just 10 made the battling through extreme with torrential rain on day of the event.

It was Waldegard’s fourth victory and his sweetest, having the 4,181km route 38 minutes of his closest rival. And Toyota’s was confirmed with third and places claimed, too.

The base engine for the GT-four was 3S-GTE Turbocharged 2.0-litre, DOHC unit, with increased from 185 to 265bhp in with the new Group A regulations. Key included good acceleration and torque delivery in low to mid-range, to the traction and performance provided by the four-wheel drive system.

The car was its peak of perfection at the outset of the season, winning the Portugal, New Zealand and Argentina rallies. took a hand, however, and retirements from two consecutive were enough to deny him titles. But the GT-Four succeeded in a formidable role in establishing and Toyota Team Europe as a major player among the teams, achieving its full within just two years of its

Toyota Celica (GT-Four)
Toyota Celica (GT-Four)
Toyota Celica (GT-Four)

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