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WRC – Petter Solberg Crashes In To Electricity pole.

Petter Solberg Ford Fiesta WRC

One thing you can say about Petter Solberg he has a determination to win, watch as Petter tries to drive himself out of a vineyard only to crash in to some live electric cable pylon at this weekends Rally of France.

By the reports there were no casualties but it looks like the people had a very close shave from the live cables, 2 cars were caught by the falling electric cables.

We was originally thought the Ford suffered a stuck throttle but on information after the race, it was reported that Petter thought he could have got back on the road.
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Volkswagon Shakedown Testing Polo WRC Rally Car

Volkswagon WRC Polo
Volkswagen have begun shakedown testing of the 2013 Polo R WRC rally Car.

Testing is being completed by two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz.

An initial test run of around 100 kilometers took place in Eifle Valley close to Trier in Germany, one of the stages of ADAC Rally Germany.

Says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen: “Next year we’ll be running an extensive testing programme on tarmac, gravel, mud and snow in order to prepare ourselves for the 2013 season as best we can.”

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC features a 1.6-liter TSI engine that develops approximately 296hp. The car is also equipped with an all-wheel drive system based on the haldex.

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WRC Rally Team – Hayden Padden New Zealand

WRC

Got an email of my good friend Steve Cotton from Cotton Competition who happens to be working for the New Zealand WRC rally team.

So thought I would show you the videos from the teams perspective and perhaps pretty apt to celebrate New Zealands Gracious win at the Rugby World Cup.

Hope to see you soon Steve and fetch me a jacket back….

Source:- www.hayden-paddon.com

Ford’s WRC Outing in Sweden Positions 1,2 & 3

Ford’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car made a dream debut by powering to a 1-2-3 finish in Rally Sweden over the weekend. Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen won a thrilling opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship by just 6.5sec from Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson. Hirvonen’s team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila were third.

It was Ford’s first podium clean sweep since Rally Sweden in 2008, when Latvala claimed his maiden WRC win and was followed home by Hirvonen and Gigi Galli. Ford Abu Dhabi holds an 18 point lead in the manufacturers’ world championship and Hirvonen’s victory makes him Ford’s most successful WRC driver. This was his 13th victory, edging him ahead of former team-mate Marcus Grönholm.

Eager anticipation built up ahead of the start. New cost-effective, more environmentally aware regulations – based around 1600cc turbocharged, four-wheel drive cars – ushered in a fresh era for the WRC. The first rally for the new-generation cars proved an exciting one with five drivers starting the final day with a realistic chance of victory.

The championship switches to gravel next month for the first of two rallies in the 2011 calendar in the Americas. Rally Mexico is based in León on 3 – 6 March.

Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino came in 14th.

Final Position
1 Hirvonen/J Lehtinen FIN Ford Fiesta
2 Østberg/J Andersson NOR Ford Fiesta
3 Latvala/M Anttila FIN Ford Fiesta
4 Ogier/J Ingrassia FRA Citroen DS3
5 Solberg/C Patterson NOR Citroen DS3
6 Loeb/D Elena FRA Citroen DS3
7 Andersson/E Axelsson SWE Ford Fiesta
8 Räikkönen/K Lindström FIN Citroen DS3
9 Wilson/S Martin GBR Ford Fiesta
10 Qassimi/M Orr UAE Ford Fiesta

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Citroën WRC in Sweden and the Speeding Saga

Citroen had a good outing at the start of the 2011 WRC in their Citroën DS3 WRC finished fourth in Rally Sweden thanks to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Their team-mates, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, came home sixth.
Also at this weekend WRC Citroen driver Petter Solberg’s co-driver Chris Patterson took control of the DS3 WRC.
Patterson was forced to take the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC after Solberg was banned from driving after being caught speeding on Friday afternoon.
The Norwegian was caught at 112kph in an 80kph limit. The law in Sweden states that if you are 30kph or more over the limit, you are banned instantly.
The very scripted response from Patterson stated “We were caught speeding and, like the everybody else, rally drivers have to obey the law,” said Patterson. “Road safety is a very important message in the World Rally Championship, we were caught and we paid the price.”
Patterson insisted he was under no pressure in the final stage of the rally, and that was shown by coming fifth place in front of factory driver Sébastien Loeb.

Citroen had a good outing at the start of the 2011 WRC in their Citroën DS3 WRC finished fourth in Rally Sweden thanks to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Their team-mates, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, came home sixth.
Also at this weekend WRC Citroen driver Petter Solberg’s co-driver Chris Patterson took control of the DS3 WRC.
Patterson was forced to take the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC after Solberg was banned from driving after being caught speeding on Friday afternoon.
The Norwegian was caught at 112kph in an 80kph limit. The law in Sweden states that if you are 30kph or more over the limit, you are banned instantly.
The very scripted response from Patterson stated “We were caught speeding and, like the everybody else, rally drivers have to obey the law,” said Patterson. “Road safety is a very important message in the World Rally Championship, we were caught and we paid the price.”
Patterson insisted he was under no pressure in the final stage of the rally, and that was shown by coming fifth place in front of factory driver Sébastien Loeb.

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Monster Rally Team’s Season Itinerary for 2011 – Ken Block

The Monster World Rally Team has announced its full itinerary for the 2011 season, and instead of the usual press release its time for some Russian-Esque dancers just wearing the bear necessities and some rather dubious drum and bass.

The video hints at the cold awaiting for them in the harsh Swedish winter and hope the team dress better than the ladies in the video.

The Video shows off the all-new Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS WRC that the Monster World Rally Team will be using to contest the Summer X games along with 2011 WRC.

Ken Block also teases us that there will be some secret events being published this year probably causing another youtube craze.

For those interested in more, this is said to be the first video in a three-part series. Part two is scheduled to be released on February 9th.

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Ford 2010 WRC Team Looks Back on 2010

The Ford WRC are busy preparing for the 2011 season and are looking forward to the competition debut of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2011 in Sweden. In the meantime, here’s another quick look back at the highs and lows of 2010.

Powering the WRC prepped Fiesta, there is a fire breathing version of the FoMoCo 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 331 foot pounds of torque. The car at the scales in at a 2,645 pounds.

A 12:1 steering rack, massive Brembo brakes and an X-Trac six-speed sequential transmission ensure that the 2011 WRC will be an exciting season.

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FORD FIESTA RS WORLD RALLY CAR (WRC) – Paris

After the cars from Citroen and Mini for the 2011, Ford have revealed ther 1.6 liter direct injection, turbocharged Ecoboost engine which is reported to be tunable up to the 300 bhp limit for the 2011 WRC cars.
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The all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car, made its first global public appearance at the Paris Motor Show today.

The Fiesta RS WRC will make its competition debut in Rally Sweden, the opening round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, on 10 – 13 February.

For Paris, the preview model has been finished in a striking blue and grey livery, specially developed for the show by Ford of Europe’s design team.  The new World Rally Car, derived from the best-selling Fiesta road car, is being developed by Ford of Europe and its rally partner M-Sport. 

Using as a base the Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car, which won the legendary Monte Carlo Rally on its debut last January and other international and national rallies in 2010, Ford of Europe’s design team and M-Sport have worked together to fine-tune the styling of the bodywork and aerodynamic package of the new Fiesta to create an exciting replacement for the outgoing Focus RS WRC.
 
Although detailed changes may be made as the Fiesta RS WRC car continues its development programme through the balance of this year and in time for the commencement of the team’s specialised pre-season testing, the final car will share the eye-catching appearance and acclaimed ‘kinetic design’ styling cues synonymous with Ford’s latest road vehicles. The interior will also be instantly recognisable as a Fiesta RS WRC rally car as it contains a number of production parts.
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