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Citroën Racing unveils Regional Rally Car version of DS3 WRC

Citroën Racing is introducing one of its newest models, the DS3 RRC, which is closely derived from the double World Rally Championship-winning car, DS3 WRC. The DS3 RRC is developed and designed to suit private drivers and could be used in a wide range of competitions like the WRC- 2 (formerly S-WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).

Starting in 2011, the new FIA World Rally Cars regulations allow carmakers to produce a Regional Rally Car (RRC) version of their models, which are intended for use in championships below the level of the WRC. The World Rally Championship-winning car in 2011 and 2012, the Citroën DS3 WRC now has its own RRC variant. The two racing models are virtually different since the regulations are more restrictive when it comes to aerodynamic features on the RRC.

For instance, the bumper intakes are smaller and the rear spoiler complies with the S2000 standards. The 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine for the RRC version was slightly modified, with a specific engine flywheel and a 30mm booster flange, compared with 33mm on the WRC. This only limits the RRC to a maximum power output of up to 275bhp.

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2011 Citroen DS3 WRC makes its debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, be prepared to see a bunch of 2011 World Rally Championship racers. Aside from the Citroen DS3 WRC and the MINI Countryman WRC, Ford has its Fiesta RS WRC on display.

It features a turbocharged 1.6 liter Ecoboost engine, which is a product of the collaboration between Ford, M-Sport and French tuner Pipo Moteur. Ford has yet to announce the official specifications though.

The car will be driven by BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. Its test program for the 2011 season (with the new engine) is set to debut next week on gravel roads in Spain.

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Rally-bound all-wheel drive 2018 VW Polo GTI R5 unveiled with 272 hp of potency

Volkswagen Motorsport, the works rally team of German carmaker Volkswagen, is introducing its latest race car that is derived from the latest generation of the VW Polo GTI. Developed in collaboration with Skoda, the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 has taken off its virtual cloaks and has presented itself as the carmaker’s newest four-wheel drive rally car for customer sports.

According to VW Motorsport, the new Polo GTI R5 rally sports car was developed while employing its experience and expertise acquired in the process of winning four world titles in the World Rally Championships – considered as the peak of rallying -- from 2013 to 2016.

Since the Polo GTI R5 is derived from the new Polo GTI, these two cars have a number of similarities. For instance, both the new Polo GTI and the Polo GTI R5 are powered by a straight four-cylinder turbo engine employing direct fuel injection and as mounted transversely in front of the front axle. While the engine in the production model has a capacity of 2.0 liters, the mill inside the new rally car has been limited to a capacity of 1.6 liters in adherence to (International Automobile Federation) FIA regulations.

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VW Polo GTI R5 will make rally debut during second half of 2018

The Volkswagen Polo is one car that has made a major mark at the World Rally Championship (WRC). In just a few years, the Polo has scored over 40 wins, 38 podiums and 12 titles. And just the other day, Volkswagen again released a new version of the VW Polo that will be used for competition in WRC. Unlike Skoda, VW does not plan to run a factory team in WRC2, but iw will provide technical support and backup for its customers.

The new VW Polo GTI R5 is set to make its debut in the second half of 2018. Under the hood of the new hatchback is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that carries out 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts). This engine is paired with a five speed sequential transmission. Though the company has not confirmed it yet, the factory team may compete next year. But this model will also be available for customer teams for the first time ever. The Polo GTI R5 is expected to go through tests in the next couple of weeks, before it goes out in the market by the second half of the year.

This project was made possible by Francois Xavier Demaison, VW Motorsport Technical Director and Gerard-Jan de Jongh who is the Senior Project Engineer. The Polo WRC began development at the start of 2017. These are the same people who are also responsible for the success of the previous Polo rally car.

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Yes, Toyota hasn’t joined the WRC since the first generation of iPod was released. For the first time in many years, Toyota comes back and has won its first race in this year’s World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland took the lead in the driver’s championship at the Rally Sweden against Ott Tanak and Sebastien Ogier on weekend.

Latvala takes the lead in the championship score boards after finishing with the fastest time on 6 stages. Driving behind the wheels of his Toyota Yaris, Latvala only had a 3.8 second advantage over Tanak who was behind the wheels of the Ford Fiesta WRC. Ogier also went with his new Fiesta and had placed third in the final ranking.

Shortly after the race, an obviously thrilled Latvala was left with no words to express his excitement. Nevertheless, he thanked the whole team and said that he’s looking forward to going to Mexico. At the same time, the WRC driver also felt sorry for Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and said that he had been in the same situation before.

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M-Sport has taken the veil off its challenger for the next season of the World Rally Championship – the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC -- and it has very little in common with the outgoing model. In particular, the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC is beefier, more aerodynamic and more powerful than the 2016 Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Designed to tackle different types of roads in various weather conditions, 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC is out to prove that it counts as among the best in the rallying world.

Essentially, this rallying car is based on the street-going 2017 Ford Fiesta, which is by itself already an excellent performance on the road as well as off it. In addition, the 2017 Ford Fiesta comes with a style that would allow onlookers to immediately sense that this is not just any car – an attribute that enabled it to become one of the best-selling small cars in Europe.

Through the years, rallying versions of the Ford Fiesta have been racking up victories during events around the globe. In 2016 alone, the Ford Fiesta R5 scored 159 wins and numerous class wins. Moreover, the 2016 Ford Fiesta R5 won its second straight FIA European Rally Championship. The new 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC aims to continue the winning ways of the 2016 Ford Fiesta R5 while complying with WRC technical regulations, which have been revised drastically for the 2017 season. To that effect, Ford moved to completely overhaul its WRC campaigner – with around 95 percent of the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC being developed and designed from scratch in order for the rallying car to deliver more power, more mechanical grip and more dynamic performance.

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After we’ve seen the disguised prototypes several weeks ago, Hyundai at last took the wraps off its new i20 WRC at Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza racing circuit. Hyundai was the first to show off what they have prepared for the approaching World Rally Championship season.

Following WRC’s newly updated regulations, you wouldn’t be expecting the same engine power, handling and aerodynamics like you’ve seen them before. Because of this, nothing could be more exciting than to witness Hyundai’s new i20 Coupe compete in the race.

Michel Nandan, Hyundai Team Principal, considers the new regulations as the most significant change for a while. He thinks that the new technical requirements are a chance for them to apply whatever they had experienced and learned in the past seasons. Furthermore, all teams would be on the same footing since each one of them will practically start from scratch. Thus, it’s probably the most “entertaining” season that we can all look forward to this 2017.

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The much-awaited car event this season will showcase Citroen Racing’s C3 WRC Concept. We have to say; we’re also just as excited to see it compete in the upcoming Monte-Carlo Rally next year. Citroen’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship definitely opens new challenges both for the French car manufacturer and the racing team.

Citroen has already won three world championship titles in the previous years. The brand is also set to take home its 3rd manufacturer’s title with its very own C-Elysée. Currently, Citroen has 96 record wins and 8 manufacturer’s titles under its belt. This only proves how Citroen is bent on winning another major title with the new C3 model. Good thing, the racing team is already preparing for the FIA WRC and is more daring than ever.

Although Citroen is bringing the new C3 in this year’s motor show in Paris, we just found out they have yet to finalise other details for the racecar version. Still, the world will see it up close for the first time and that would be enough to give everyone an impression of what to expect after the final touches.

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Citroën Racing is continuing to develop their 2017 World Rally Car in Portugal, less than a month after the race. Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre achieved considerable mileage during the four-day test despite challenging weather variations and conditions.

The initial test was completed in southern France. Almost immediately after, Citroën Racing took their 2017 World Rally Car to the Algarve in Portugal for a second set of development test runs. The car is a prototype assembled by the Versailles Technical Centre. The testing team of Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau had their hands full negotiating the car through fog, rain and hail as well as sunny weather, in preparation for the Rally de Portugal where they will be part of the Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.

Laurent Fregosi, Technical Director of Citroën Racing said that they were very thankful to put the car through such a variety of weather conditions to thoroughly evaluate the possible set-ups and how the body withstood accumulations of mud. The test objectives included assessing how the car’s components reliability held up. Mileage for each part is recorded and verified with the specifications. Additionally, Fregosi adds that they “also focused on looking for performance and driver comfort.”

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On May 21st in Phoenix, at the first event of the 2016 series, the Honda Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross team will be racing its all-new turbocharged 2016 Civic Coupe in partnership with Red Bull and champion race team Olsbergs MSE.

In line with that, the Japanese automaker has also unveiled a new racing livery for its Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car. The all-new Civic Red Bull GRC car was developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by the Olsbergs MSE (OMSE), who are renowned builders and racers and with the technical assistance of the Honda Performance Development (HPD).

The race car was built to withstand severe racing terrains especially that it is set to rally on a series that is well-known for aggressive acceleration and different terrains. The all-new Civic Red Bull GRC car runs at 600 horsepower and can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds.

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It was forty years ago, during the Monte Carlo Rally in 1976, that the Abarth 124 Rally participated in what had been its last official race. For 2016, the Abarth 124 Rally is making a comeback with the same goal in mind, which is to examine the technical solutions of road cars when undergoing extreme situations, whether it is an icy road or a sunburnt tarmac.

There is also the objective of providing customers a road car that is reliable and delivers amazing performance. This newest version is therefore a mix of performance and technology resulting from the Abarth Racing Team’s experience in bringing the Scorpion back.

Overall, the new Abarth 124 Rally is for those who carry the racing world values of the brand and its sense of challenge.

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Last year was a dream come true for racer Ryan Millen and the Toyota RAV4 he piloted as they grabbed four out of five Western U.S. victories. But it seems resting on their laurels is not their thing because this year, Millen will be driving the same Toyota RAV 4 he used this year to take on even bigger races.

In a hectic racing schedule, Toyota and Millen who is a member of the famous Millen family of racers, will race all over the U.S. from California to New York to Michigan, to name a few. Millen and Toyota, aside from vying for the National Championship, will participate in both the Atlantic Rally Cup as well as the Pacific Rally Cup in NASA’s Rally Sport series.

Indeed, things seem to be looking up for Millen this year. Ryan placed second in Rally America’s Sno Drift Rally just last month in what could be a great lead-up for the highly anticipated Rally series. Recounting on last year’s winnings, Millen said that it was an amazing opportunity for him and Toyota.

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Festivities for the 2016 FIA WRC, World Rally Championship, began for Hyundai Motorsport with the unveiling of its latest model, the New Generation i20 WRC. The event was witnessed by 200 guests and media personalities who had gathered in Alzenau, Germany, at the team’s factory.

The presentation took place at Hyundai Motorsport’s racing headquarters. It is here that the future model R5 rally car is going to be produced. This unit is also inspired by the New Generation i20. Hyundai Motorsport has seen two successful seasons in the highly competitive environment of WRC.

During this short period, the Hyundai team has successfully climbed up the steep learning curve and is now an established competitor for its rivals. The official release of the New Generation five-door i20 WRC opens doors for yet another exciting journey in the history of Hyundai Motorsport in WRC.

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The deserts of UAE are well-known for its deserts where dune racing and even extreme safari motorsport are being held. However it has been found out that most cars from the U.S. or even Japan were not able to perform well in these conditions.

This is where the Zarooq Sand Racer enters the picture. This was the statement released by former French racing champion and current Zarooq Director Bruno Laffite. As such, Laffite says the Zarooq Sand Racer will become the first car to have been made for the desert of the UAE.

Zarooq director Mohammed Al Qadi also adds that the goal was to assemble a team that would design and then make a car that would be able to race not just in UAE’s desert but in other such areas around the world.

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The Rüffer Camaro "Troubleshooter" R750 6.8 sports an array of elements that supports its function as a high-performing desert off-roader. It’s hard to tear your eyes away from its post-Armageddon looks. However, what deserves more attention is the core of this tough Rüffer Performance Individual Manufaktur -made monster.

Serving as the heart of the Troubleshooter is the classic 6.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that develops up to 750 hp of output and 670Nm of torque. Thus, even without a turbocharger or supercharger, this Offroad Desert Funcar could churn out an exhilarating off-road performance.

This should not come as a surprise, since every creation that came out from Guido Rüffer’s famed tuning shop features no less than 700 hp of output.

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Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross logged its third straight win at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados I, with Tanner Foust leading its charge. Teammate Scott Speed grabbed second place and managed to take the overall points lead even after his VW Beetle was involved in a last-lap contact that destroyed his left front wheel.

The last man on the podium was Joni Wiman of Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, after Patrik Sandell of Bryan Herta Rallysport received a penalty. During the last chance qualifier, Ken Block of Hoonigan Racing Division suffered a rollover after he struck a dirt berm and was lifted onto two wheels and slid upside down to a stop on the jump.

Block was not harmed but he missed the second main event in his last three races thus losing the championship lead. On the other hand, the main event commenced with Foust taking the lead right away in the first corner, followed by Speed and Sandell.

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French carmaker Peugeot has unveiled an updated version of the Peugeot 2008 DKR, which marked its debut with a breathtaking participation at the epic Dakar Rally in January. 

With inputs from Dakar experts like Stéphane Peterhansel (11-time Dakar champ), Carlos Sainz (a two-time world rally champion and former Dakar winner) and Cyril Despres (a five-time Dakar winner on bikes), engineers were able to precisely analyze and implement possible improvements to create the latest version of the 2008 DKR.

Peugeot gradually applied the improvements and assessed them by conducting a series of tests. The tests culminated in a one-two finish for Peterhansel and Despres on the recent China Silk Road Rally. Peterhansel and Despres piloted an interim-specification car, which basically was the 2015 model that had been fitted with several development parts for the 2016 version.

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Skoda launches its latest rally car – the new Skoda Fabia R 5 – which recently received the green light from International Automobile Federation (FIA). With its homologation, the new Skoda Fabia R 5 can now proceed to rally routes around the world. Skoda based the Fabia R 5 on Skoda’s new production Fabia.

It is regarded as the successor to the Fabia Super 2000, which holds the reputation as the most successful rally car ever in Skoda Motorsport history. Skoda Board Member for Development Dr. Frank Welsch said that now that the FIA has approved the vehicle, it can now focus on proving the new rally car’s prowess in the race series.

He also said that when the company was working on the third-generation production Fabia, which quickly became successful, it used some of the characteristics from its rally cars and built the most emotive Fabia so far. The new Fabia R 5 is actually based on the production model. Welsch added that the new rally car is “pure high-tech.”

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Skoda has just brought the Fabia R5 Concept at the 2014 Essen Motor Show, a vehicle that previews the successor of the Fabia Super 2000. As expected, the vehicle is based on the third-generation Fabia and was modified in order to face the competition. As a result, it comes with a wide body kit, a roof scoop, a new rear roof spoiler, racing wheels, high-performance brakes as well as a stiffer suspension. The rear end also shows a new central exhaust tailpipe. 

The Skoda Fabia R 5 Concept Car marks the realization of manufacturer’s plans to come out with new models that focus not only on the important functional aspects but on emotions as well. This was revealed by Dr. Frank Welsch who is the Skoda Board Member for Technical Development.

Dr. Welsch adds that its Essen cars already support this statement but the Fabia R 5 gives a first look at the company’s new rally car. The two versions of the Fabia R 5, estate and hatchback, are founded on the Skoda Fabia that shows a lot more emotion compared to previous models.

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The VW Beetle GRC was first unveiled back in June but tomorrow the German vehicle will make its debut at Los Angeles rounds of Global Rallycross Series. According to the official press release, the Beetle GRC will be drive by Scott Speed, who is looking to take advantage of twice the number of points being offered. Currently, Scott Speed is third in points, behind Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ken Block.

If you don’t remember, the Beetle GRC is powered by a 1.6-liter TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine that produces 544 hp, while power is delivered to all four wheels through a fixed-ration AWD system featuring a multiplate limited-slop differentials (front and rear).

As a result, VW’s rallycar accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.1 seconds.

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