It was announced that the 2023 Toyota Vios is will be officially used from Season 7 of the GR Vios Challenge, with a sneak preview of the latest model appearing at this weekend’s Season 6 of the GR Vios Challenge.
It is also confirmed that the latest generation Vios will make its first debut at the hands of the celebrity racers competing in the Promotional Class and will show its prowess in two 18-lap races at the Sepang International Circuit as Season 6 draws to a close this weekend.
The 2023 Vios will be raced in the the Super Sporting, Sporting and Promotional classes of the GR Vios Challenge for professional, amateur and celebrity drivers respectively during Season 7.
The organizer has confirmed that the new Vios will be powered by a 1.5-litre engine with a five-speed manual transmission, but sports a more rigid and stable all-new platform as well as revised aerodynamics. These chassis enhancements dramatically improves handling, making the car more planted in corners, more responsive to driver input and capable of even faster lap times.
The car is made available to teams and drivers for purchase by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd and comes fully ready to race with all the necessary safety equipment and radng trim. This includes a 6-point roll cage, racing seat and 6-point racing harness that are FIA-approved. The car also features a racing exhaust manifold, exhaust mid section and exhaust muffler, and comes with a limited slip differential (LSD) and racing-tuned suspension among a host of other equipment.
As per previous seasons, teams and individuals purchase the race car from UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd at an incentivized price. This is in line with UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd’s commitment and long term objective to make motorsports in Malaysia more affordable and accessible to more teams and drivers. In 6 seasons of racing, the GR Vios Challenge has also established itself into the premiere one-make saloon car race series, attracting not only accomplished drivers but also becoming a proving ground for new and young talent.
The racing and safety equipment list of the all-new GR VIOS Challenge race car is as follows:
GEN 3 GR VIOS CHALLENGE RACE CAR RACING EQUIPMENT & TRIM
Hood lock pin
Tow hook (front)
Tow hook (rear)
Exhaust mid section
Limited slip differential (LSD)
Suspension set (shock & spring)
Alloy wheels (15 x 7.0J)
Wheel nut-racing type
Radial tyres (195/50R15)
Tower bar, front (RHD)
Brake pad (front)
Brake hose set-E Spec
Racing seat (FIA approved)
6-point roll Cage (FIA/RHD)
6-point racing harness – red
Steering wheel – dish 350mm
In-car camera system & mount
Electric circuit breaker system
Fire extinguisher system
Ballast weight base
For race teams and drivers, registration for Season 7 and for the purchase of the new race car can be done immediately. Interested parties can kindly get in touch with the series Race Management representative Janet at 016-3673300 to register their interest or for further enquiries. For more information, log on to the UMW Toyota Motor (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd website at www.toyota.com.my.