Battle for title of South African Rally Champion hots up

While the result of the recent Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape saw a slight shuffle among the top four in the South African Rally Championship, the battle for the title remains one of the closest in years. Just 12 points separate the contenders as the second half of the season starts with Rally South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal on 17 and 18 August. Continue reading Battle for title of South African Rally Champion hots up

Your FREE insight into the world of rally, part #242

Welcome to issue 242 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment!

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As always, please enjoy this week’s read!

Yours in Rallying,

Evan Rothman (Editor) and Eva Kovkova (Photojournalist)

World’s first RHD WRC to debut in Ireland

Prodrive has built the world’s first new generation right hand drive (RHD) World Rally car. The new MINI John Cooper Works WRC will be driven by Derek McGeechan at the Lurgan Park Rally this weekend.

The car, based on the latest specification MINI WRC, has been six months in the making and is fully homologated for use in any FIA accredited championship. It has a unique bodyshell with the roll cage modified to accommodate the steering support and a new RHD drive steering rack. The gear lever and hand brake have been relocated within the cockpit, while changing the steering position has also necessitated modifications to the wiring loom and seat brackets. Under the bonnet the car is the same except for the relocation of the electric water pump to accommodate the steering rack.

This is not the first time Prodrive has built a RHD World Rally Car, as several examples of the Subaru Impreza WRC were produced, although the modification on this car kept the standard LHD steering rack with the steering column being rerouted within the cockpit.

Steve Smith, MINI WRC sales manager, said: “The MINI WRC has proven very popular in Ireland and ever since we launch the MINI last year, there has been great demand for a right hand drive version. It has taken a lot of work re-engineering the standard car to get to the finished fully FIA homologated car, but the result is everything we could have hoped for.”

The RHD MINI WRC is available at the same price as the LHD car and comes with all the engine and chassis upgrades introduced on the car in March.
– Credit: Prodrive.

FIA WRC Academy Prize: Which path would you choose?

2013 will see the WRC Academy champion further integrated into the Ford ‘family’ with the opportunity to advance their career in the World Rally Championship (WRC) behind the wheel of either the Ford Fiesta R2 or the Ford Fiesta S2000. Currently leading the way in the championship standings, British rivals Elfyn Evans and Alastair Fisher can see the benefits of both options. Continue reading FIA WRC Academy Prize: Which path would you choose?

Your insight into the world of rallying!

Welcome to issue 241 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment!

To download this week’s issue, please click here: https://handbrakeshairpins.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/hh-241.pdf.

As always, please enjoy this week’s read!

Yours in Rallying,

Evan Rothman (Editor) and Eva Kovkova (Photojournalist)