View Thread: Rally Argentina


kak
Rain, sunshine, fog and wind: Skoda Motorsport will take on every extreme of weather on the Rally Argentina, round 5 of 2003 World Rally Championship from May 8 - 11. The two Skoda Octavia WRCs will be driven by 1994 World Champion Didier Auriol and young Finn Toni Gardemeister. Both drivers love the challenging terrain, which tests men and machines to their limits. Didier Auriol has won the event twice, and has enjoyed a podium finish on four further occasions, so he knows how to deal with the Argentinean terrain. "I've always had a very good feeling with this rally," said Didier. "Not just with the driving, but also with the people and the country. Everybody is so enthusiastic. We will be pushing as hard as we can from the start, so our tactic is easy to guess! Our plan is like New Zealand; we need to be as close to the front as possible. Argentina is a very unpredictable rally and I'm looking forward to it!"

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kak
Rally Argentina, round five of the 2003 FIA World Rally Championship, takes the crews to South America where warm winter sunshine greeted the teams for today’s shakedown test at La Cumbre, 46km north of the rally headquarters at Villa Carlos Paz. The stage chosen for today’s final preparations featured a mixture of all the conditions likely to be faced by the Skoda Motorsport team during the event although the road quickly began to turn rough. As a result the teams only completed four runs over the stage before finalising their settings for the rally that begins this evening with two superspecials at Complejo Pro-Racing between Villa Carlos Paz and Cordoba.

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masestylez
I see how it is Kak! :P

kak
Originally posted by masestylez
I see how it is Kak! :P

huh?

mrgokou
whaoh.. those are some good conditions for rallyin.. gonna be a good race

masestylez
Originally posted by kak
huh?

Look at the topic below this one. :pd:

kak
I'm aware of your Rally Argentina-topic... but I started this one first! :)

masestylez
Originally posted by kak
I'm aware of your Rally Argentina-topic... but I started this one first! :)


Damnit I didn't see that:banghead: :cheers:

kak
6 days before you actually! :D

masestylez
Originally posted by kak
6 days before you actually! :D

Don't rub it in :finger:

kak
Why not? :bigbounce

kak
Btw; Do you think Petter Solberg will do it well in Argentina?

masestylez
Originally posted by kak
Why not? :bigbounce

Because I might come for a scandinavian visit. :badass:

masestylez
I think he could. Subaru needs points for sure.

kak
And to the 500.000 dollars question: Will Petter Solberg achive in 2003 what he did last year?

masestylez
No. :)

kak
Why not?

masestylez
I just don't foresee it happening. But he is on second and its running right now.

kak
He didn't do it very well in the start of the 2002-season either. I'm hoping for Petter Solberg! He's norwegian you know! :)

masestylez
Goin for the hometown hero I see! :D I'm going for Peugeot personally, they've been my team since coming into the WRC

kak
Since Audi isn't competing in WRC... I'm concentrating on Skoda! I'm really looking forward to their new Skoda Fabia WRC!

masestylez
I wish Audi would come back, i've never eally been a big fan of Skoda, but theres nothing wrong with them! :D

lexus1581
Personally i go for Peugeot too but im not a huge fan. I cant figure out why its not on tonight here. Im a way bigger fan of F1, btw.

masestylez
Speed doesnt play it until next thursday

kak
Originally posted by masestylez
I wish Audi would come back, i've never eally been a big fan of Skoda, but theres nothing wrong with them! :D

Skoda is VAG though... :)

lexus1581
Originally posted by masestylez
Speed doesnt play it until next thursday

OK, i thought it started today but wasnt sure. Now i know im not crazy.:dizzy:

masestylez
True, I'd rather see a Beetle out there tearing it up! :D

masestylez
Originally posted by lexus1581
OK, i thought it started today but wasnt sure. Now i know im not crazy.:dizzy:

Too bad no one else knows that :)

kak
Originally posted by masestylez
True, I'd rather see a Beetle out there tearing it up! :D

Do you think the Fabia WRC will do it better than the Octavia WRC?

masestylez
Originally posted by kak
Do you think the Fabia WRC will do it better than the Octavia WRC?

I think it will, it seems like it could do a lot better than the bloated Octavia.

kak
Originally posted by masestylez
I think it will, it seems like it could do a lot better than the bloated Octavia.

After what I've read about the Fabia WRC... it's much faster than the Octavia. A lot to look forward to then! The car are going to premiere in late june..

lexus1581
I think so too, if you care. :D

kak
Originally posted by lexus1581
I think so too, if you care. :D

Of course! :)

masestylez
I hope they focus on their suspension tuning, i'm sure the same engine that powered the bigger Octavia will have more than enough for the smaller car.

kak
Something about the new engine in Skoda Fabia WRC:

The new Skoda Fabia WRC is driven by a later version of the engine that is used in the Skoda Octavia WRC. As with all competitors in the WRC category, it is a four-cylinder, turbocharged engine with a displacement of 2,000 cm3. The power unit used for the Skoda WRC cars is derived from the well-known turbocharged, five-valve 1.8-litre engine produced by the company. The output of engines of all car manufacturers participating in the world championship is approximately 221 kW (300 bhp). This conformity is produced by a restricting device with a diameter of 34 mm, as prescribed by the regulations, that must be assembled on the turbocharger and limits the volume of intake air. This then limits the maximum output and torque. A key criterion is the production of the highest possible output and torque in the maximum possible speed range with optimised driving response and flexibility.

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masestylez
Whats the torque on that engine?

kak
I don't remember. Take a look at the article.

masestylez
310Nm

kak
Originally posted by masestylez
310Nm

Are you sure you don't mix it up with the Skoda Fabia RS now?

masestylez
Originally posted by kak
Are you sure you don't mix it up with the Skoda Fabia RS now?

I probably did :D

kak
Because I can't find any information about the torque of the engine in the new Skoda Fabia WRC.

masestylez
I never see any torque figures

kak
New pictures from Rally Argentina:

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kak
A picture of the Focus:

eric rxb
MMmmmmmmmm... Rally cars :naughty:

mustangdriver
the new Focus looks pretty badass.

kak
Another picture of the Focus:

kak
The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team completed the opening day of Rally Argentina with Didier Auriol in tenth position and Toni Gardemeister close behind in 11th. It was a trouble-free day for the Skoda Motorsport drivers who are both still on course to maintain Skoda’s record of scoring points on every round of the 2003 World Rally Championship. Didier has been totally motivated today and is extracting maximum performance out of the Octavia WRC. "We have been making changes to the shock absorber settings between stages to make sure that we always have the best chance to set good times," he said. "However I made a slight mistake doing this before one stage and had to drive with one side of the car stiffer than the other!"

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kak
Focus

kak
The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team has reached the end of the second day of Rally Argentina with both Octavia WRC drivers challenging for World Rally Championship points and in the top 10 tonight. However, the stages today have been disrupted by concerns over spectator safety and two of today’s final tests have had to be postponed until tomorrow in order to avoid running in darkness.

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911GT2
Yeah, the new Focus WRC looks badass.

kak
Citroen

kak
The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team has once again enjoyed a superb result at the end of Rally Argentina. The team maintained its record of scoring World Rally Championship points on every event of this year’s championship and both Skoda Octavia WRC drivers completed the rally in the points for the overall drivers’ championship as well. Didier Auriol finished the rally in sixth place while seventh position promotes Toni Gardemeister to ninth place in the drivers’ championship standings.

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