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Mads Ostberg (NOR) / Jonas Andersson - Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Day two, 2012 Rally Mexico

Mads Ostberg (NOR) / Jonas Andersson – Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Day two, 2012 Rally Mexico

15 May 2015

M-Sport’s EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC has undergone the biggest evolution since its creation and is ready to make its debut on the stages of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

M-Sport’s team of world-class technicians have built five new cars at the company’s Dovenby Hall base in Cumbria – ready to take on the world in the hands of Elfyn Evans, Ott Tänak, Martin Prokop, Lorenzo Bertelli and Robert Kubica.

Development on the new-evolution Fiesta RS WRC began in earnest last year with a vigorous testing regime covering more than 5,000 kilometres – eclipsing the test mileage of any other M-Sport developed car prior to its debut.

The 2015 edition may look much the same from the outside, but it’s a different story under the bonnet. Key to the new development is a completely new engine which delivers more power as well as a substantial increase in torque.

For the first time, the entire engine block was designed in-house by M-Sport’s team of designers and engineers. With technical support from Ford, it has been machined from a solid block of aluminium and exemplifies M-Sport’s engineering expertise which continues to grow from strength to strength.

In addition to the exciting new engine, the car has undergone a full redesign under the bonnet with further developments to the cooling package, transmission, electronics, wiring harness and differentials.

The team are relishing the opportunity to put the car through its biggest test yet – next week’s Rally de Portugal – and what better way to debut a new car than at a new event?
For the first time since 2001, Rally de Portugal is returning to the north of the country; and tens of thousands of passionate rally fans are expected to support their favourite drivers on what are set to be some of the most popular stages of the year.

New for all competitors, the route offers a huge challenge and M-Sport World Rally Team’s Evans and Tänak will be hoping the new-evolution Fiesta RS WRC sees them well placed for the trials ahead.

Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt have enjoyed a strong start to the season – holding fourth place in the standings and securing their maiden podium at last month’s Rally Argentina. The young Welshman has something of a score to settle at Rally de Portugal, but a change of location combined with a new car could provide him with an opportunity to do just that.

Keen to develop his skills further, Evans will be looking to secure another solid result as he prepares to fight for the podium more regularly in the second half of the season.

By comparison, Tänak’s start to the season has been marred by misfortune but he and co-driver Raigo Mõlder have good form when it comes to the Portuguese fixture.

The pairing were running as high as second overall at the event last year and the move north should not daunt the duo who finished a strong second at last year’s Fafe Rally Sprint – missing out on victory by a mere 0.5 seconds.

Tänak has been particularly excited about the arrival of the new Fiesta RS WRC and will be keen for a turn of fortune next week.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“This is the biggest upgrade the Fiesta RS WRC has ever seen and it’s something that we are all immensely proud of. The car may look much the same from the outside, but there has been a complete redesign under the bonnet – centred on a completely new engine designed and developed in-house by M-Sport.

“Our engineering capabilities are going from strength to strength, and this new engine is proof of that. It’s a big step forward for the team, and brings us one step closer to our goals of having both Elfyn [Evans] and Ott [Tänak] challenging for the podium positions more regularly in the second half of the season.

“Once again I must also praise the efforts of our fantastic team. Never before have we had to build so many new cars for a single event and there has been a tremendous amount of hard work behind the scenes. Their dedication and commitment is second to none.”

M-Sport Head of Engineering, Chris Williams, said:

“Work on the new car – and specifically the engine – actually started as early as 2012 but our initial developments have since evolved to produce what is a big step forward in terms of both drivability and performance.

“The Fiesta chassis has always provided a very ‘driver-friendly’ car and we have been able to improve that further. In addition to this, the new engine provides a substantial increase in bottom-end torque which assists performance in lower-gear corners.”

Elfyn Evans said:

“I’ve been pretty pleased with our pace in Portugal over the last couple of years, but for various reasons we’ve not been able to translate that into points. I’m ready to put that right this year, and a new location with the added excitement of a new car could provide us with the perfect opportunity to do just that.

“The team have put a lot of effort into this car and it’s certainly a step forward. The testing has all been really positive and we’ve covered a lot of miles which we’ll be hoping pays off. I feel really comfortable in the car. We’ve done a lot of work on the set-up and that should give us a good base going into the first event.

“In terms of the rally itself, I think we’re in for another really interesting one. The roads in the north seem to be a lot softer and there’s potential for a big difference in conditions from one pass to the next.

“In reality, I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect, and that’s what makes it so exciting. It will certainly be interesting to see how everyone copes with the challenges of a completely new rally and we’ll be hoping the new car gives us a boost towards making the next step.”

Ott Tänak said:

“I’m looking forward to this event. I really like Portugal and I especially liked the Fafe Rally Sprint so I’m approaching next week in a positive and confident mood. It’s a clean sheet as a new rally with a new car gives us the opportunity to put our bad luck behind us.

“The stages in the north are perhaps a little more technical and twisty, but in general I would say that the nature is quite similar to those in the Algarve with a lot of crests and blind corners.

“Although we’ll be concentrating on our own event and on doing the best job we can, I enjoy fast stages like Fafe. If the confidence is there and the fans are with us, we’ll be able to push the limits that little bit more.

“Going to a region I enjoy with a brand new car is a real confidence boost. The car has changed in many areas and the team have all worked really hard. It’s a step forward in many ways, but the biggest improvement for me is in the handling. It was good before, but now it really gives you that extra boost of confidence.”


Contesting the WRC 2 category, M-Sport will prepare the Ford Fiesta RRC of Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and the Ford Fiesta R5 of Sander Pärn.

Fresh from his victory at last month’s Rally Argentina, Al-Kuwari will be keen for another strong result.

Starting his WRC 2 campaign in Portugal, Pärn is embarking on a seven-event prize drive after winning last year’s inaugural Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. The young Estonian has shown great promise and will be looking to start the next phase of his career with a solid result.

M-Sport will also aid the running of Robert Kubica’s Fiesta RS WRC in conjunction with the newly restructured RK World Rally Team.

















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30 September 2015

Chris Atkinson has won the latest round of the Chinese Rally Championship in the VW Golf SCRC. Atkinson won comfortably by a minute and 40 seconds from Mark Higgins in the Subaru and Manfred Stohl in a Citroen DS3.

Chen Dean in the second Golf was fifth with Li ninth in the third car.

That makes it three wins from four events for Atkinson as the Championship heads to the next round Longyou at the end of October. Longyou was the debut event for the VW Golf SCRC last year when Atkinson to its maiden win.












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La leyenda del rally Sébastien Loeb se une al “Dream Team” de Peugeot-Total.

Sebastien Loeb poses for a portrait in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015
Sébastien Loeb, el mejor piloto de rally de todos los tiempos, se enfrentará al mayor reto de su carrera al unirse por primera vez al equipo de Peugeot en el legendario Dakar del próximo mes de enero.


29 Septiembre 2015

El nueve veces campeón del WRC y plusmarquista del Pikes Peak se ha unido al equipo de Peugeot 2008DKR junto a Carlos Sainz para el Rally du Maroc del próximo mes (del 3 al 9 de octubre) antes de hacer frente al mayor reto de este deporte, el Dakar, durante 13 días en Argentina y Bolivia en 2016. Junto a él en Sudamérica también estarán Stéphane Peterhansel y Cyril Despres completando así el “dream team” de pilotos de Peugeot-Total.

El francés de 41 años, Sébastien Loeb, uno de los pilotos con más éxito de la historia de los deportes de motor con un porcentaje de victorias sin precedentes del 46,2% en el WRC dijo: “Descubrí los deportes de motor cuando tenía 18 años y empecé a competir en mis primeros rallys. Desde entonces me han interesado todo tipo de deportes de motor y el Dakar es uno de ellos. Creo que es un gran reto competir y conducir en el desierto”.

“El Dakar es completamente diferente a las carreras que hago en este momento. va a ser muy larga, más de dos semanas, y necesitas tener aguante para cuidar del conductor y del coche. Es una carrera con un enfoque distinto pero lo descubriré en enero”.

Hasta entonces, Loeb se unirá a Sainz en Marruecos para su debut en el competitivo Cross Country, aunque ya pilotó el rival de Peugeot a principios de año. Para Loeb ésta será una reunión muy especial pues ya fue compañero de equipo de Sainz durante su primera temporada completa en el Mundial de Rallys del 2003, hasta que el español se tuvo que retirar del WRC de 2004. En Marruecos Sainz pilotará el último Peugeot 2008DKR16 mientras que Loeb pilotará un coche con especificaciones de 2015.

“Cuando probé el PEUGEOT 2008DKR en junio me sorprendió muchísimo y por supuesto ha cambiado mucho desde entonces”, dijo Loeb -que en la actualidad está compitiendo en el Campeonato Mundial de Turismos de la FIA con Citroen.

“Lo que más me impactó fue lo diferente que es conducir el coche del Dakar, era una experiencia completamente nueva para mí. En el WRC acostumbro a rodear obstáculos pero con este coche puedes simplemente pasar por encima, ¡y cuesta tener la suficiente confianza en uno mismo para creer que puedes hacerlo!”

“ También estoy acostumbrado a tener notas de copiloto muy detalladas pero en el Cross Country tienes que abrirte paso e improvisar tu ruta. Esta, además, es la primera vez que he pilotado diferentes tipos de coche diesel en una competición por lo que tengo que aprender mucho pero tengo muchas ganas de hacerlo”.

Además de haber ganado más rallys, etapas especiales y campeonatos que cualquier otro piloto, Sébastien Loeb también se ha convertido en el “Rey del Peak” al batir el record del Pikes Peak Hillclimb con Peugeot y Red Bull hace dos años en América. Un triunfo épico que ya forma parte de la historia legendaria de los deportes de motor.

Ahora forma parte del mejor equipo que se haya enfrentado jamás al Dakar. Tal y como dijo el 11 veces campeón del Dakar Stéphane Peterhansel: “Sébastien Loeb es un referente del motor. Hay muy poco que yo o cualquier otro le pueda enseñar”.

El cinco veces campeón de motos Cyril Despres añadió: “Desde que cambié las dos ruedas por cuatro, la experiencia no ha hecho más que mejorar. Y saber que ahora Sébastien se une al equipo la remata aún más”.

El dos veces campeón del WRC y campeón del Dakar en 2010 Carlos Sainz, que será una vez más el compañero de Loeb en Marruecos dijo: “No tengo nada más que decir sobre Sébastien que no haya dicho ya. Por supuesto que el rally raid va a ser una nueva aventura para él, pero va a ser capaz de adaptarse sin problemas. Como yo mismo he podido comprobar aprende muy rápido”.

“El Dakar es algo que me llama, es una gran aventura”, añadió Loeb, quien ya dominó el Pikes Peak y el WTCC. “El rally en Marruecos me mostrará lo que es realmente el Cross Country, así que para mí esta es una oportunidad fantástica para aprender, en especial al lado de unos compañeros tan buenos”.

Tal y como pasó con sus nueve títulos mundiales y sus 78 victorias en el WRC hasta la fecha, Loeb tendrá como copiloto al campeón mundial de deportes de motor monegasco Daniel Elena. Marruecos marcará la vuelta de la pareja con más éxito jamás vista en la historia del motor que emprende una nueva aventura juntos tras 17 gloriosos años en los rallys.

Al igual que Loeb, el copiloto de 42 años Elena nunca ha competido antes en Cross Country, pero se ha preparado a fondo para las exigencias de la navegación más dura del mundo, en la que los equipos tienen que reaccionar rápidamente para conquistar el terreno offroad más sobrecogedor. Cuentan además con la ayuda de un sofisticado sistema de GPS que les guiará de punto a punto.

El director deportivo de Peugeot Bruno Famin comentó: “ Sébastien fue impresionante desde que se sentó en el coche, como ya sabíamos tras haber trabajado con él anteriormente. Adoptó ese enfoque calculado que tanto le caracteriza para entender el coche paso a paso, pero después su habilidad natural se encargó del resto. Tras mejorar diferentes aspectos del coche desde la última vez que estuvimos en el Dakar, el fichaje de Sébastien Loeb es la pieza que le faltaba al puzzle”.


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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total”.

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

29 September 2015

Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total” © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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Sébastien Loeb, the greatest rally driver ever, will take on one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career when he lines up as part of Peugeot’s dream team at the legendary Dakar in January for the first time.

The nine-time World Rally Championship winner and Pikes Peak record-holder has joined Peugeot’s 2008DKR line-up alongside Carlos Sainz for next month’s Rallye du Maroc (October 3-9) before facing the sport’s toughest challenge, the Dakar, over 13 days in Argentina and Bolivia in 2016. Joining him in South America will also be Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, completing Team Peugeot Total’s dream team driver line-up.

The 41-year old Loeb, one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports, with an unprecedented 46.2% wins-to-starts ratio in WRC, said: “I only discovered motorsports when I was 18 and I started competing in my first rallies. Since then I have been interested in all types of different motorsports and Dakar is one of them. I think it’s a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert.

“The Dakar is completely different from the racing I’m doing at the moment. It will be very long, over two weeks, and you need to have the endurance to look after the driver and the car. It’s another approach to racing but I’ll discover that in January.”

Before then, Loeb will line up with Sainz in Morocco next week for his competitive Cross Country debut – although he already tested Peugeot’s Dakar challenger in the country earlier this year. For Loeb, this will be a very special reunion: he was previously team-mates with Sainz for his very first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2003, until the Spaniard decided to end his WRC career at the end of 2004. In Morocco, Sainz will drive the latest PEUGEOT 2008DKR16 whereas Loeb will drive a 2015-specification car.

“When I tried the PEUGEOT 2008DKR out in June, it was immediately very impressive for me – and of course it has changed a lot since then,” said Loeb, who is currently competing in the FIA WTCC with Citroen.

“What struck me most of all is how the Dakar car was a completely new experience: in the WRC I have been used to going round obstacles but with this car you can just drive straight over them, and it takes some time to have the confidence to believe it!

“I’ve also been used to having very detailed pace notes: in Cross Country, you have to find the road for yourself and improvise your route. And this is actually the first time I have driven any type of diesel car in competition too. So there is a lot for me to learn, but I am eager to find out more.”

As well as winning more rallies, special stages and championships than any other driver, Sébastien Loeb also became ‘King of the Peak’ when he pulverised the Pikes Peak hill climb record with Peugeot and Red Bull two years ago in America: an epic feat that is already remembered as a legendary part of motorsport history.

Now he forms part of the greatest team ever to tackle the Dakar. As 11-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel said: “Sébastien Loeb is a reference in motorsport. There’s very little that I, or anybody else, can teach him.”

Five-time bike winner Cyril Despres added: “Since I made the switch from two wheels to four, the experience has got better and better. And to see Sébastien arrive in the team now, everything is complete.”

Two-time WRC champion and Dakar 2010 winner Carlos Sainz, who will be Loeb’s team-mate once more in Morocco, concluded: “There is nothing more I can say about Sébastien that his career hasn’t said already. Of course rally raid will be a new adventure for him, but he has every capacity to adapt to it with no problem. As I have seen for myself in the past, he is a quick learner in everything he does.

“Dakar is something that appeals to me; it is a huge adventure,” added Loeb, who has already mastered rallying, Pikes Peak and the World Touring Car Championship. “The rally in Morocco will give me a very interesting idea of what Cross Country is all about, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn; particularly alongside such successful team-mates.”

Just as has been the case throughout his nine world titles and 78 WRC victories to date, Loeb will be co-driven by Monaco’s motorsport world champion: Daniel Elena. Morocco will mark the comeback of the most successful pairing ever seen in the history of motorsport, as they start a new adventure together following 17 magnificent years in rallying.

Like Loeb, the 42-year-old Elena has never competed in Cross Country before, but he has undergone intensive training to prepare him for the demands of some of the most challenging navigation in the world, where crews have to think instantly on their feet to conquer the daunting off-road landscape. They are aided by sophisticated GPS equipment, guiding their route from waypoint to waypoint.

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “Sébastien was impressive from the moment he first sat in the car, as we knew would be the case after having had the privilege of working with him before. He took his usual measured approached to understand the car step by step: from there his natural ability took over. Having improved the car in several different areas since we were last at the Dakar, the signing of Sébastien Loeb is the final piece in the puzzle.”











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