Kenya’s Leading motor vehicle distributor, Toyota Kenya, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) have committed Kshs. 28 million shillings towards the success of the iconic WRC Safari Rally Kenya, set to be held on between June 24th and 27th 2021.
At the same time, Toyota Kenya has also given WRC Safari Rally team another boost of Kshs. 2 million shillings through the provision of the Toyota Hilux as a double zero car which will be the route-opener vehicle during the rally.
Given Hilux’s characteristics of being an off-road king, versatile, and its high ground clearance, the route-opening task is going to further stamp its authority as indeed “Shujaa wa Kazi”.
Toyota Kenya Managing Director, Arvinder Reel said, “The return of the Safari Rally to the World Rally Championships calendar after a 19-year hiatus couldn’t be more welcomed, considering that rallying is a sport that is deep at the heart of Kenya’s national heritage. We are honoured to play a role towards the success of this year’s edition of the WRC Safari Rally.” As momentum builds towards the start of the Safari Rally, Toyota Kenya will give rally fans an opportunity to view the winning 2019 Yaris WRC Replica by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The 2019 Yaris WRC features an outstanding engine performance with an intelligent 4-wheel-drive system and a suspension that provides superb traction for its aerodynamic performance. In addition to viewing the 2019 Yaris WRC Replica, customers will also have the chance to experience the road version of the GR Yaris that comes with a thrilling 1.6-litre, 3 Cylinder Turbo engine.
“The GR Yaris is a pure performance car, born from Toyota’s title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship. It brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road car. It is a representation of the quality, durability and reliability customers should expect from Toyota Kenya’s wide offering of vehicles,” added Mr. Reel.
Toyota is not new when it comes to motorsport, either in active rallying or in offering motorsports solutions across the world. In the history of the Safari Rally, Toyota recorded eight wins, with the first win coming in 1984 with the efforts of the late Björn Waldegård in a Toyota Celica TCT. The last Toyota win at a WRC Safari Rally before quitting the WRC in 1999 was by a Kenyan, Ian Duncan in 1994, driving a Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD. In 2017, Toyota returned to the WRC circuit and has since captured two WRC Drivers Championships and 1 Manufacturer title.