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SUBARU and STI test their race cars for Nürburgring 24-Hour Race and SUPER GT


3 March 2018
Shakedown Report

On 22 February, SUBARU / Subaru Tecnica International (STI) conducted a shakedown test of the SUBARU WRX STI and the SUBARU BRZ GT300, which will be run in this year’s Nürburgring 24-Hour Race (NBR) and SUPER GT (SGT) series, at Fuji Speedway respectively. At the same time, both companies talked to the media and their partner companies about their activities and team structures for this year.

At the venue, STI president Yoshio Hirakawa reflected on last year’s SGT when SUBARU / STI missed out on the championship title as well as 2017’s NBR in which they retired. In addition, Hirakawa said that they had gone back to basics of running, turning and stopping in the development of this year’s models; going back to a basic approach of “fight and win”. Following Mr. Hirakawa’s comments, a briefing on this year’s cars was provided to all attendees.

For the NBR, STI’s Hideharu Tatsumi has taken control of the car’s development and he will act as General Team Manager. A detailed explanation was provided including areas which have been improved based on the technology introduced in last year’s model. Those areas include improvements in engine performance (by reviewing exhaust layout and optimizing the turbo effect), refinements in the braking performance (by elimination of the Mastervac as well as with a larger front brake diameter) and updated aerodynamic parts. General Team Manager Tatsumi said: “With regard to the development of this car, we started testing in Japan this January while it was still under development. Yamauchi and Iguchi, our new NBR driver, have both driven the car and each reported a good feeling while driving it. Iguchi in particular, who drove an AWD race car for the first time, said that the car was easy to drive and he felt confortable. This car has already been recording fast times”.

Meanwhile, Makoto Shibuya, who has assumed the position of Project General Manager (PGM) of the SGT team (run in collaboration with R&D SPORT), expressed his goal saying: “We could not show good performance very much last year, but we will review our development and improvements in the car, as well as team operations in order to have a good season this year”. Their GT300 car of this year’s model features a modified design of the power unit such as the shape of the combustion chamber and cooling performance of the head, a revision of brake performance, an enhanced road-holding efficiency as a result of improved suspension, and updates in the aero parts.

Driver Takuto Iguchi said: “In the past, we often missed out on chances in the early and late stages of a season when it was usually cold. However, Autopolis, in which the BRZ is usually good, will host an SGT race this autumn, so we would like to earn as many points as possible beforehand to keep momentum when we go there. Although I am new to the SUBARU team, this will be my seventh race in the NBR, so I would like to take advantage of my experience in this race”.

A driving test was planned for 3:00pm, but as it started snowing, they stopped running the GT300 car early while the AWD NBR car (which needs to be adapted to various types of weather and track conditions at Nürburgring) was driven by Yamauchi first and then by Iguchi. Together with this year’s SUBARU dealer mechanics who started their on-site training on this day, they repeated pit-work training before they ended their shakedown test.

After the shakedown session, NBR General Team Manager said: “Unfortunately, we could not run the car enough today, so we could not reach a point where we can work on the detailed settings. However, it was good that we were able to communicate well within the team especially between the dealer mechanics and STI engineers. My objective this year is to take on the challenge of the Nürburgring race with human power. So far, we have generated a good atmosphere. I am also certain that support from the fans will give us power, so I would like to ask our fans for their enduring support”. After a smooth start to their season, Tatsumi had a satisfied look on his face.

SGT PGM Shibuya commented: “This morning, temperatures did not rise very much, and we tried to adapt to the conditions. When 80% of the work was completed, we suspended it and waited for the afternoon session. However, road surface conditions deteriorated and it was found that there would be no grip gained from down force. Therefore, the session was cancelled. We have just deployed this year’s model but I feel relieved because there was no negative feedback from the drivers this time”.

After some private tests, the team will attend official SUPER GT tests at Okayama International Circuit and Fuji Speedway in March with the SGT car before the season opener in the second week of April. Meanwhile, the NBR car will be transported by air to Germany in the middle of March after some development tests.










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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
In this time the edition of the month of March, has in its credit everything what happened with the triumph in Sweden, of the British Elfyn Evans with Toyota.

What will come from the Rome Capitale Rally 2020, valid for the European competition, organized by the Italian firm Motorsport Italia, which is headed by Max Rendina.
An intense note from the top executive of TEIN INC. in Japan, Mr. Yoshio Fujimoto, with his sporting support for their stable programs in Motorsport on a global level, both with the professional support of the Japanese shock absorbers for the WRX and WRC. Counting on his successful sports campaign as a driver in the 90’s with Toyota.
Which left the Monte Carlo Rally, with the princely victory of the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who drives the fabulous Hyundai Coupe i20 WRC Plus.

An exquisite and unique report to Mr. Yasuo Hiraoka, the head of Subaru Tecnica International, (STI), who thanks to the management of «kumi» Shinozaki, we were able to make this fantastic review with Mitaka’s boss.
Oliver Solberg, and his debut with the Fabia R5 EVO in Torsby.
The truncated schedule of the Speedagro Rally Argentina 2020, which has been postponed by the Coronavirus. And the Top Run of the Agnello brothers, who acquired a new generation Fabia R5 to run in the short term in the WRC3.
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Finally the new French weapon of Renault Sport Racing of France, the New CLIO Rally 5, which was shown as car 0 in Monte Carlo and debuts in the Mexican Rally Azteca with the Argentinean driver Martin Suriani.
Leaves a bitter and sad taste the postponement of the 40 years of the Rally of the Republic of Argentina, but it is a reason of world health, that exceeds to all, and the first thing is the common sense and the prevention of all.
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Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

“I took out the [safety] helmets and forgot to close the boot so I make one special stage with the boot open so it was the opposite to Poland [when it was the bonnet that was open].”











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M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑

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

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”












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8 June 2019

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