Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said the car has “cult appeal” and signals an “end of an era”. He said the model could go down as one of the last combustion homologation specials – road cars solely built to compete in motorsport series.
The GR Yaris never made its World Rally Championship debut as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Technically, this meant Toyota did not have to produce any of the models needed to meet the homologation rules.
However, the popularity of the car has seen demand soar as fans battle to secure a road-going model.
Last year, Toyota said the 25,000 road-going GR Yaris models would still be built with a larger number even possible.
This equated to a top speed of 142mph and can reach 0-62mph in just 5.5seconds.
Toyota said: “Unlike most new cars, the GR Yaris hasn’t been designed to turn heads, but to lift trophies – in style.”
They added: “The new 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, true to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s ethos for making ever-better cars that are rewarding and fun to drive.”