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Old 19 May 2017, 21:06 (Ref:3734530)   #466
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Remember being in France about 10 years ago and Olivier Anne getting very aggressive with someone trying to take a photo of the engine which had been removed from his car.
Its not that new all this secrecy
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Old 19 May 2017, 23:40 (Ref:3734553)   #467
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Remember being in France about 10 years ago and Olivier Anne getting very aggressive with someone trying to take a photo of the engine which had been removed from his car.
Its not that new all this secrecy
Just one incident though and doesn't reflect the sport at that time.
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Old 20 May 2017, 02:02 (Ref:3734569)   #468
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Looking at engines is over in RX... Seems to be Top secret!



Sven Smeets (VW Motorsport) stated in an interview: "Coming close to drivers and teams is the DNA of rallycross"


Yeah, bugger, he probably refers to the autograph signing sessions (which I consider something for the kids). Still can't see the problem as all the secret stuff like cams, compression ratio, mapping and ALS isn't visible anyway from the outside.

For me the cars have always been the star, all great driver names wouldn't be that great if they drove a stock hatch.
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Old 21 May 2017, 10:07 (Ref:3734856)   #469
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Still can't see the problem as all the secret stuff like cams, compression ratio, mapping and ALS isn't visible anyway from the outside.
I don't agree with this. I think there is still a lot of technical flexibility within the regulations and you could potentially glean a lot of information from a photo. Engine inclination, turbo orientation, ALS configuration... there are a lot of variables outside the engine to be experimented with.

I would say VW have the biggest reason for secrecy as they have tried something really different with the Polo.

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For me the cars have always been the star, all great driver names wouldn't be that great if they drove a stock hatch.
I fully agree with this though. It was the cars themselves that first brought me to rallycross and, although I really like the way some of the famous drivers handle their cars, I'd be just as happy seeing an unknown driver thrashing the cars. For that reason it's a damn shame that we can't learn more about them!
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Old 26 Jun 2017, 18:14 (Ref:3747029)   #470
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Some testing pictures posted on the Loheac Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/loheacrx/po...03096613110667

Couple of interesting shots of the PSRXVW Polos:



The car in the background looks like one of the rallycross cars, but the Polo in the foreground looks like the 2017 WRCar test mule...



...some sort of comparison testing going on, or has the 2017 WRCar been adopted as the test mule for the rallycross program?
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Old 13 Aug 2017, 00:29 (Ref:3759064)   #471
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Is not VW using the 2016 WRC chassis on the 2017 WRX cars? They got a taste of racing in a simple way.
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Old 14 Aug 2017, 12:36 (Ref:3759312)   #472
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Is not VW using the 2016 WRC chassis on the 2017 WRX cars? They got a taste of racing in a simple way.
They built new chassis I believe but they are based on the 2014 Wrc car.
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Old 23 Aug 2017, 12:00 (Ref:3761152)   #473
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No more rounds for Guy Wilks this year. Real shame to read that he won't finish the season, though I must admit I was hoping he would have posted some better results this year.


EDIT: Just seen that Alistair McRae will now be driving the Polo in place of Wilks!

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Old 23 Aug 2017, 15:13 (Ref:3761186)   #474
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To be fair

There is little point in him carrying on, he has absolutely no chance of a result and neither does McRae, Alister has just been tapped up to go there coz of his surname, he rarely races in top level competition anymore. Certainly not at the pitch of something like WRX.

WRX has very quickly become a have and have not series, you could easily have won a WRX event a couple of years ago in Wilks Polo with some luck and good driving, not anymore.

I think they call it progress!!
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Old 23 Aug 2017, 15:21 (Ref:3761190)   #475
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WRX has very quickly become a have and have not series, you could easily have won a WRX event a couple of years ago in Wilks Polo with some luck and good driving, not anymore.
If I have understood the car transfers correctly, I believe the Polo that Wilks was using actually won a World round less than 12 months ago (Loheac last year).

Of course the team behind the car (and potentially some of the running gear in the car?) have changed for Wilks.
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Old 23 Aug 2017, 19:37 (Ref:3761240)   #476
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It is Kristoffersson's car from last year. According to the Swedish expert on SVT Wilks has made some big changes to the set up of the car.
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Ekstrom's EKS Audi World Rallycross team faces uncertain future
World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom's EKS team faces an uncertain future, and may not continue with its Audi-backed project in 2018.

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He made no secret of the fact EKS would be unable to defend its RX crowns without additional support from Audi Sport, which was secured for this year.

Asked if he will continue in World RX in 2018, Ekstrom told Autosport: "I would love to continue but I don't know if we are continuing.

"As a driver I would love to continue in rallycross. If I answer as a driver, I can see my DTM career - with Mercedes pulling out - coming to an end in 2018.

"I would enjoy doing rallycross for a couple more years, but from a team perspective it's a different story.

"I don't know if we will have what it takes to be here next year."

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In the Loheac paddock on Thursday evening, EKS revealed that it will sell four of its five Audi S1 Supercar chassis, and invited other teams and drivers to view the cars in what it called its 'used car sales' awning.

The S1s will sold be via an eBay auction, which will conclude with a live event on the evening of the German round of the series at the Estering on September 29.

The cars are for sale individually, or as a 'family package' combining all four plus spares.

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Factory Peugeot RX team Hansen is also yet to confirm if it will continue in the series.

Team principal Kenneth Hansen said: "For the winter, I don't know yet how the future looks, but of course if we should be here next then we should do something during the winter to try to develop.

"It's difficult to say exactly what; we've tried our best during the season, we have a great car, it works very fine and it's not been enough still."
https://www.autosport.com/wrx/news/1...certain-future

Even for the big teams it gets already to expensive?
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Old 1 Sep 2017, 19:41 (Ref:3763505)   #478
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Are we really surprised

GFlad to see the back of it to be honest.

but I am sure IMG will find a way to make it all sound amazing
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Old 1 Sep 2017, 20:17 (Ref:3763512)   #479
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This is very odd from EKS. A couple of months ago they were planing to relocate to Västerås with hopes of cooperating with engineers and tech firms. They were really looking towards the future.
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Are we really surprised
Surprising. Yes and no. It surprises me this is about EKS and already for 2018. I assumed EKS and PSRX would be secured for the next fews years. Teams like Hansen, Team Austria, STARD is a different story.
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