At the 26th Tokyo Motor Show in 1985, Daihatsu introduced a mid-engined homologation special planned for the 1986 Group B World Rally Championship season. With it’s mid engine layout driving the rear wheels, wide blistered fenders, and DOHC 3 cylinder turbo engine, the diminutive 926R stole the show for Daihatsu. Journalists at the time quickly drew similarities with the Renault 5 Turbo which had taken the same approach of installing a previously front mounted engine and placing it behind the front seats, all for rally homologation.
With its mid-mounted engine, the 926R was a dedicated two seater with with almost every panel changed in some way except for the doors and the roof. All the work was done under the direct supervision of De Tomaso. The saddest part of the 926R’s story is the timing of its introduction. After the extremely successful debut at the 1985 Tokyo Motor Show Daihatsu moved to have the 926R prepared for sale with various media presentations and test drives. The car got very positive reviews. As a result, great expectation was placed on its future racing career. However, the FISA would soon announce the infamous Group B ban. As such, the production run of the 926R was canceled and it never saw the showrooms.
|Year of conception||1985||# built: 1|
|Type||CB70 I-3, DOHC 12v, gas||mid mounted, transverse|
|Displacement||926 cc||WRC x 1.4 = 1296 cc|
|Output power – torque||118 HP @ 6500 RPM||109 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM|
|Materials||block: N/A||cylinder head: N/A|
|Lubrication system||wet sump||N/A|
|Type||rear wheel drive||5 speed manual|
|Type||based on steel monocoque G11 chassis. 3 door hatchback steel bodyshell|
|Front suspension||struts, double wishbone, coil springs|
|Rear suspension||struts, double wishbone, coil springs|
|length: 3850 mm (151.6 in)||width: 1640 mm (64.6 in)||height: 1360 mm (53.5 in)|
|wheelbase: 2320 mm (91.3 in)||front track: 1380 mm (54.3 in)||rear track: 1410 mm (55.5 in)|
|Rims – tires||
|Curb Weight||800 kg (1764 lb)|
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