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Toyota Gazoo Racing continues its World Rally Championship campaign with the Yaris WRC, the view of Toyota rally cars competing across the special stages made us dust off the controllers and revisit our favourite Toyota rally stars.

V-Rally

 ​Celebrating the 20th anniversary this year, V-Rally's release 1997 set a new benchmark for console rallying games by having a split screen two player racing. V-Rally features 11 official WRC cars, including the new Toyota Corolla WRC with distinctive Castrol livery. 

Sega Rally Championship

All self-respecting racer has spent a lot of time wrestling with the wheel of a Sega Rally Championship arcade machine. The Castrol Toyota Celica GT-Four was one of two cars available to drive and resulted to be quite a handful as Sega Rally Championship introduced gamers to in-game surface changes that affected the car's handling. ​

Toyota Celica GT Rally

Toyota was making its digital mark with the release of Toyota Celica GT Rally, even when personal computing was still in its infancy in 1990. 

Richard Burns Rally

Richard Burns Rally is considered as one of the first finest rally games ever produced, the first to give gamers a sim-racing experience rather than arcade-style gameplay. RBR gave gamers the best opportunity to experience the actual challenge of rallying the 1997 Toyota Corolla WRC across 36 real life stages when it was released in 2004.

RBR has a dedicated fanbase which has expanded from the original game by modifying it with player-developed cars and tracks. 

Colin McRae DiRT

Colin McRae DiRT was an end to an era - the last game to bear the WRC champion's name - and the start of a new one in the Codemasters DiRT franchise.

We we love about the DiRT is not its inclusion of the Celica GT-Four in its classic rally line-up, but the game's world expanded to include other off-road events.

Race off-road in the CORR Pro 4 Toyota Tundra or strap yourself into the Rod Millen's crazy Pikes Peak machines - the Pikes Peak Celica GT or later Tacoma.

WRC 6

We cannot end without a mention of WRC 6, the official game of the WRC. Even though it doesn't feature in the base game, the Yaris WRC development car that competed in selected rallies during 2016 is available as downloaded content. Until the release of wRC 7 in the autumn, it's your only chance to get behind the wheel of the Yaris WRC...