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Suzuki testing for WRC debut

 

Since announcing their intention to contest the World Rally Championship, Suzuki has indicated their top-tier debut will be deferred until 2008.

Since announcing their intention to contest the World Rally Championship, Suzuki has indicated their top-tier debut will be deferred until 2008.

Using the recently developed SX4 (Sports Cross-over 4), the 2L turbocharged 5-door model has been tested, with development now centred on facilities in Shizuoka in Japan.

Suzuki will still continue their J-WRC programme, of which driver P-G Andersson is currently 2nd in the 2006 championship.

Suzuki's decision to participate in the WRC, which, alongside F1, is one of the world's top two motor sport Championships. This follows on from its very successful involvement with its teams in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) since 2002. A highlight of this JWRC entry was a first place for the Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 in 2004, only the 3rd year since its original entry in the JWRC Drivers' Championship. Suzuki Swift Super 1600 started the 2006 season winning the 1st place in Swedish rally.

Outline of the Suzuki SX4 WRC

SX4 is the third all-new model to be launched by Suzuki since March, 2005. The other new products include the Swift and Grand Vitara, launched in Europe in March and September, 2005 respectively. Both been very favourably received by the media and motorists throughout the numerous global markets in which they are marketed.

The Rally Sport version of SX4 has been developed alongside the models of SX4 that have been perfected for retail sale. This WRC version will now be the focus of further detailed development and testing to increase its competitive potential to the maximum in order that it can prove to be a worthy WRC challenger from August, 2007 onwards.

Exact technical details of the new Suzuki SX4 WRC are still in development before it appears in 2007 ahead of its full season debut in 2008. Currently development of its power unit and power train is well advanced and the prototype car is equipped with a new 2.0 Litre turbo charged J20 engine. This engine provides torque of 637N.m(65kg.m) at 3,000rpm and 235kW(320bhp) at 4,000-4,500 rpm.

The new All Wheel Drive system developed for the WRC car includes mechanical differentials front and rear and an electronic differential located in the centre. Power is transmitted via a 5-speed sequential gearbox.

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