23 Juni 2005
Malcolm Wilson maakt in
Griekenland bekend, dat de nieuwe WRC06 uitvoering nog dit jaar ingezet
wordt in het FIA WRC competitie van 2005
het volledige verslag van Bron: Rally Sport
Magazine en wat foto's.
to make its competition debut in Telstra Rally Australia in November 2005
is the all new 2006 version Focus World Rally Car.
M-Sport director Malcolm Wilson told journalists in Greece that the
biggest change concerns the all-aluminium engine which replaces the
current iron block unit, with its improved car balance opportunities.
Also the use of chain driven (not belt driven) camshafts, the back-to
front engine layout (induction on front of the block, exhaust behind), and
the traditional transverse transmission system by Ricardo.
The engine supplier will be Pipo from France, and the unit first ran in
France in early June. Pipo has considerable engine building
competition experience, with Peugeot for many years in rallying, and
before that also with BMW.
The car is designed with the new 2006 "cost saving” technical rules
in mind, notably the differential changes and the heavy reduction of the
number of behaviour recording sensors. The former factor is one of
the main reasons for moving from Xtrac to Ricardo, who have superior
Many other factors are being built into the new car, including maximising
the cooling opportunities offered by the 1800mm maximum body width rule.
Although work is currently running at 7-14 days behind schedule,
homologation is still planned for 1st November. This would give time
for a new homologation version to be prepared before the 2006 season
begins, should unexpected technical difficulties emerge.
Bron: Rallysport Magazine