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BUYING A RALLY CAR IN 7 STEPS BY ŠKODA MOTORSPORT 🇨🇿🌎

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Buying a car is always an exciting and emotional experience. Now imagine how thrilling it must be to buy a rally car worth millions of crowns! Toni Gardemeister, former ŠKODA Motorsport driver and owner of the TGS private rally team, will guide you through the unusual purchase of the first ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo to be supplied to a customer team.

How does it feel to be handed the keys to a ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, a rally car of which there are currently fewer than ten examples worldwide? First of all, you don’t get any keys. It’s rarely necessary to lock the car and starting it is different from an ordinary car – you turn on the power and ignition levers, press the start button, and wait until the oil in the engine is at the right pressure. What you do get, though, is the acceleration of a super sports car whatever the surface, a car that’s almost indestructible, and customer care that would make clients of the most luxurious brands envious. And the differences go much deeper than that.

Before this year’s Rally Finland, Toni Gardemeister became the world’s first private customer of the modernised ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo. “When I’m buying a new rally car, the feelings inside me are much stronger than with a regular road car. I really love these cars. As soon as ŠKODA announced that the FABIA R5 evo was being developed, I called them to place a reservation on one or two cars,” enthuses Gardemeister, who has rallied with cars such as the OCTAVIA WRC, the FABIA WRC and the FABIA S2000 in the past. However, the joy from his new car didn’t last for very long – as you’ll see in the video, the world of rallying can be very unforgiving:

Toni Gardemeister
former ŠKODA Motorsport driver and owner of the TGS private rally team

A little under 280 of the previous-generation FABIA R5 were sold over four years of production. In the world of motorsport, that’s a very respectable number – in fact, the ŠKODA FABIA R5 became the bestseller in its class. Taking delivery of such a car is an exceptional moment for anyone. There are also a lot of differences from buying a “civilian” car. The whole purchasing process can be divided into the seven steps described below.

7 STEPS TOWARDS A NEW RALLY CAR

Step 1: Test drive

For most drivers, the test drive is the most important part of the decision-making process when buying a new car. However, you can’t really test drive a rally car – you choose one based on its reputation and performance in rallies. An exception was made for the FABIA R5 evo, which was presented to a select group of customers, allowing them to give it a spin on a racing circuit. This was one of those times when the dealer warning “please drive carefully” would have been out of place! They could test-drive the car absolutely flat out by flooring it and drifting. Truth be told, though, those customers had ordered their cars first and were only getting to test-drive them later.

Step 2: Placing an order

There is only one place in the whole world where you can buy the ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo – at the ŠKODA Motorsport headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, about an hour’s drive away from the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague. There is only one version available, built to either tarmac or gravel specifications. Despite a price tag equal to 20 ordinary ŠKODA FABIAs, it’s completely sold out for this year! And, of course, you pay in advance. Don’t count on any offers of “great financing” or a “bargain lease”.

Step 3: Building the car

Each car is hand-built at the new ŠKODA Motorsport facilities and takes several weeks to complete. Based on the modified body of an ordinary ŠKODA FABIA, it is extensively reinforced and fitted with top-grade racing components supplied by renowned brands from around the world. Many important things, though, like the engines, are manufactured right here at ŠKODA. Each engine is thoroughly tested on a dynamometer to see if it complies with stringent performance requirements. The colour of the car depends on customers’ requirements; most choose white as this is the best base for racing livery.

Step 4: Stress test

Every owner of a new car knows that, for the first 1,000 to 1,500 kilometres, you should not rev the engine to more than 60%. If you have a new rally car, however, that would mean several lost rallies. That’s why the new FABIA R5s are thoroughly tested under high pressure on the ŠKODA proving grounds before being handed over to the new owner. The tests include full acceleration on all gears up to the rev limiter and hard braking.

Step 5: Handover

Only now is the car ready for its happy new owner, and is usually accompanied by a large shipment of spare parts. Even though the ŠKODA FABIA R5 is well-known for its reliability and durability, components such as bumpers and half-shafts are treated as consumables here.

Step 6: Set-up

Another thing specific to rally cars is that they need different settings for each rally, especially when it comes to the suspension. ŠKODA Motorsport technicians recommend settings for various conditions to all owners, and stand ready to give advice on the spot if required. In the end, though, all drivers have to test and fine-tune the settings to suit their own preferences. You can’t just hop in and drive if you want to have a shot at victory.

Step 7: First rally

A brand-new family car is usually a cherished treasure, but the FABIA R5 evo exists to push itself to the limit of its technical and physical abilities. Only after the first bumper is destroyed and the first set of tyres is worn out can the car be considered to be truly broken in. On the other hand, it receives much better care than most “garage queens”. It gets thoroughly cleaned after each race, and even the slightest wear or damage is repaired.

WHO TONI GARDEMEISTER IS

The Finnish rally driver drove for ŠKODA in the WRC between 2002 and 2004. By his own account, he has especially fond memories of the OCTAVIA WRC, in which he achieved many great results. “I really loved that car, even though it wasn’t the fastest. It was reliable and, most of all, I liked driving it. It may have been a little sluggish, but it suited me and we got along with each other. In the fast rallies, the OCTAVIA WRC was really great. I have especially great memories of the Rally Sweden in 2003. In the end, we finished eighth, but we fought Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and other drivers of that calibre. We beat some of them and we weren’t far behind the others. To this day, I really like the OCTAVIA WRC in tarmac settings,” says Gardemeister as he reminisces about his favourite rally car.

After his last full season in the WRC, 2008, he tried to find a way to continue rallying. In the end, he managed to find a sponsor. He spent the next season in the IRC series, and then he started wondering whether he could apply his experience to business. Gradually, he built the TGS Worldwide team around his FABIA S2000, and it started to grow fast. In 2015, Teemu Suninen, Kalle Rovanperä and many other drivers used his services. Gardemeister owns three rally cars himself and takes care of several others. “When I was selecting the first car for my team, the ŠKODA FABIA S2000 was the fastest, and very reliable to boot. And reliability is even more important than speed for a private team,” he adds.

Recently, Toni Gardemeister’s team has been built on ŠKODA FABIA R5 rally cars, and now also on the revamped FABIA R5 evo. The premiere of the latest addition to the TGS fleet ended prematurely, though, when last year’s winner Eerik Pietarinen had to retire after a mishap. “Things like that happen in rallying and it’s normal. Rally cars are very durable, so we’ll fix the car soon and return to the rally stages”, says Gardemeister without the slightest hint of doubt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 August 2019

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RRM WRC ARGENTINA MAGAZINE 137 🇦🇷 🌍

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A 21 años de historia en el Rally Mundial, con este número 137. Nos desplegamos con una nómina de temas, muy interesante, desde el Rally de Gales con el triunfo de Ott Tänak, sobre la Yaris WRC de Toyota, que gestiona el finés Tommi Mäkinen. Además de una nota bastante significativa de la noruega Veronica Engan, hermosa copiloto y haciendo experiencia en la estructura de Jÿvaskyla en TGR WRT.
La despedida victoriosa del “vikingo” noruego Petter Solberg, en la clase WRC 2, junto al local Phil Mills, que en su última incursión en el Mundial de Rally, en Inglaterra al volante del Polo GTI R5 de la gerencia deportiva de Hannover por VW Motorsport. Y su hijo Oliver, que estrenó su vínculo en el WRC con el otro auto alemán de nueva generación.
El romano Max Rendina, regresa a la actividad profesional del Rally Mundial en el año próximo con la Fabia R5 EVO by Motorsport Italia.
El estupendo momento de Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, ante el liderazgo en la tabla de posiciones entre las marcas con sus veloces i20 WRC Plus 2019.
La normativa del flamante vehículo estadounidense en la clase R5, que fabrica y proyecta M-Sport, que conduce el inglés Malcom Wilson, el novedoso Fiesta R5 MK II.
La ratificación en el calendario de la entrada de japón al WRC 2020.
Prodrive, sigue aumentando ingresos para retornar a la base de su categoría estrella, el CMR, será en el 2022 con los coches híbridos. Volverá el auto azul de Mitaka con Banbury en la división técnica desde el Reino Unido.
Pläzy, festeja el título ecuménico de la WRC2 Pro con el escandinavo Kalle Rovanperä, ganando en Liverpool.
El anuncio oficial del WRC 2020, con la continuidad del Rally de la República Argentina en sus 40 años de historia, que se correrá en los días iniciales de mayo, en el ciclo venidero.
Fabio Andolfi, la realidad italiana, que expone ACI Sport y MSI en el WRC 2, manejando la Fabia R5 de la formación romana, que lideran Bruno De Pianto & Max Rendina.
STARD & TEIN, cumplen con el sueño de proyectar el Fiesta eléctrico “PROJECT E”, que correrá en el World RX 2021.
Una temporada auspiciosa, que nos eleva una epílogo más con la publicación RRM WRC Argentina, en sus 21 estaciones con la disciplina en el ámbito nacional y internacional.

 

 

 

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PETTER SOLBERG 🇳🇴 LANDS THE HIGH FIVE WITH ANOTHER WALES RALLY GB WIN 🇬🇧🌍

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The stars aligned for Petter in Wales last week,as former team-members joined him at Wales Rally GB.

Petter lands the high five with another Wales Rally GB win

 

 

The Solberg story headlines at Wales Rally GB (again)
Emotional farewell as Petter signs off with a WRC 2 victory
Petter: “That’s a proper way to say goodbye.”
Oliver fastest on his first ever WRC outing
Stunning Saturday morning speed, Oliver beats everybody on just his third WRC stage
Mixed emotions doesn’t come close for the Solberg family following another thrilling week in Wales.

Petter and Oliver drove their Volkswagen Polo GTI R5s on one of the season’s most complicated and competitive rallies. Both have a story to tell…

For Petter, a four-time Wales Rally GB winner, the last week has been an astonishingly rapid run down memory lane. It’s seven years since the triple world champion competed in Britain, but it felt like yesterday when he delivered the dream: a fifth Wales Rally GB win – admittedly, this one was in the WRC 2 category.

This time, even Hollywood was almost lost for words.

“Incredible,” he said. “Unbelievable. Since we planned the Farewell Tour at the start of the year, I wanted to come here and wanted to do GB. It was different this time with Oliver driving as well. The emotions were a little bit more complicated, but this result… what can I say?

“The comeback starts now!”

Petter admitted returning to one of the season’s most complicated rallies was not straightforward.

“I didn’t underestimate how tough this would be? But maybe I forgot a little bit about how tough it was! This rally is one of the hardest in the championship and it always was – that’s one of the things that make it so special when you are having the success here.

“The days are long and the roads are so, so difficult to read and take confidence from, but when you get it right, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

More on that comeback?

“Do you think I should? Maybe? No, we’re working on Oliver’s plan now. Oliver is the future for the Solberg story, mine is a little bit in the history now. Honestly, it’s been really nice, fun and a lot of emotions coming to this rally. I love this place and these people, so to share my last proper WRC round with Wales was so special for me and Phil.

“That was the proper way to say goodbye.”

Back to the future…

In the last week, Oliver’s World Rally Championship dream got real.

After an already insanely successful rookie season of four-wheel drive rallying, where Oliver has become the youngest ever European Rally Championship event winner and taken America by storm with Subaru Motorsports USA, Wales Rally GB was the next mountain to climb.

Predictably, Oliver made short work of his big moment. He was fastest of all the R5 cars (including WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2) on just his third stage in the World Rally Championship.

Unfortunately, a misted-up windscreen spoiled SS1, while a smashed wheel rim on the second test ruled him out Friday. After a day by the north Wales seaside, Oliver was very much back in business on Saturday morning.

That’s when the fastest times started. Nobody drove an R5 car faster than Oliver through Dyfi and Myherin. Nobody.

Unfortunately, just as the weekend was starting to fly, Sweet Lamb turned sour and Saturday was done.

“The car stopped,” said Oliver. “We don’t know why. We checked everything, but it wasn’t possible to continue. We came to service and the team made lots of investigations, worked on the car and then I could come back again on Sunday.

“Of course, it was disappointing that we couldn’t take the experience we wanted from all of the stages, but the thing I wanted to have a look at for myself was the speed.

“I have been asking myself for the whole time: “Where am I for the speed? How will I compare with the other guys?

“When I came to the first stage on Saturday morning, it was really difficult. I had nothing to win and a lot to lose if I crashed. Honestly, we drove at around 95 per cent and the times were good.”

Good? Try sensational.

Through the 26-kilometre Dyfi test, Oliver was 9.1 seconds faster than any other R5 cars. And 24.7s up on Papa.

“That was good,” he said. “I enjoyed that one – the grip was really good in places and this took me by surprise. I was braking early many times.”

In Myherin, Oliver could only manage fastest by 3.1s and this time Petter was just eight down.

After that, Saturday went south, but Sunday demonstrated more speed and more potential before he rolled in the penultimate test.

Oliver said: “The end of the event wasn’t like we wanted, but the dream really has come true for me to be here. Wales and the World Rally Championship wasn’t like my Papa told me it would be. It was evenbetter.”

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October 8, 2019

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AND NOW FOR MORE 🌏… AL-ATTIYAH 🇶🇦 CONSIDERING FULL ERC CAMPAIGN 🌏

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Nasser Al-Attiyah celebrated his sixth Cyprus Rally victory on Sunday evening by revealing that he’s considering a full FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020.

Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, has enjoyed a long run of success in stage and cross-country rallying at both regional and international level.

He’s yet to tackle more than a handful of ERC events in any one season but that could change next year.

“We are thinking to the European [championship] next year, we will sit with the team and we will see,” said Al-Attiyah, who drove an Autotek Motorsport-run Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to victory in Cyprus.

“To compete in different race [is the reason], we know everybody, the atmosphere in this European championship is really great, a family, and a lot of media. And when you win you win the race.”

In addition to a possible ERC bid, Al-Attiyah also confirmed he hopes to represent Qatar in skeet shooting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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