Toyota has built 25,000 units of its Toyota GR Yaris to comply with the homologation requirements of the World Rally Championship. However, the Japanese automaker may need to build another Yaris after this frightening rollover accident on a wet track day.
Despite the vehicle’s rally pedigree – winning the WRC Constructors’ Championship in 2018 – the driver was unable to hold the vehicle immediately after losing the rear. CCTV footage of the circuit reveals a manual tank slapper, where there was an attempt to save the slide, but the rear gripped at the last minute, sending the Yaris sideways into a gravel trap near.
Rather than dig into the gravel and come to a slow stop, the side of the car sank into the gravel, sending it into a nasty barrel. Fortunately, the video description shows that the driver walked away from the incident unscathed. Unfortunately, after four rollovers in the gravel, it is not surprising that the hot hatch was completely cast off.
From the outside it looks like the roof collapsed a bit during the off trail excursion. Of course, a turnaround like this is the worst-case scenario, but the damage remains alarming. After a quick peek inside the car, it’s great to see that all of the security systems inside the Yaris have deployed successfully. Aside from the destruction, a lot of dirt and gravel also entered the cockpit during the incident.
The fact remains that the Toyota GR Yaris will not be sold in the United States. The best that can be expected at the moment is a GR variant of the Corolla hatchback. Either way, pushing to the limit on the race track is still a fun but dangerous experience.