The FIA’s Super 2000 formula class was designed to reduce costs in rally and touring car racing and appearsto be living up to its aim.Malaysia had built the Satria Neo S2000 rally car to enter the competition.Eventhough the car is malaysian made, the driver is not a malaysian in fact a polish driver, Bryan Bouffier. He, once mention that the Satria was fantastic and comfortable to drive.
The new Satria Neo was engineered and developed by Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM) a company formed in 1982 bydriver Chris Mellors to enable him to compete in the British Rally Championship. Even the last Proton Wira rally (2002) which is driven by Karamjit Singh were built by them.
The exterior of the car had been reengineered to incorporate an agressive looking aerodynamic bodykit.To improve safety and stiffness of the chassis,35 meters of lightweight chrome moly tube had been bent and welded together to form the rollcage for the car which will greatly increase torsional bodyshell rigidity which means better handling.
The Satria Neo s2000 Rally Car is installed with a 4-cylinder 1998cc DOHC normally aspirated engine which is based on the 1.8 liter Renault engine in the Waja. It produces 280hp at 7,800rpm and a massive 271Nm of torque at 7,000rpm, and is installed transversely at the front of the car. This engine is mated to an Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission with Alcon clutch and 3 player LSD.
Brakes are also from Alcon, with 300mm discs with 4 piston calipers at the front and 300mm discs at the rear on gravel. For asphalt, the front brake discs are uprated to 350mm. Wheels are 18 inch alloys for tarmac and 15 inch alloys for gravel. The car’s electronics system runs on the GEMS Multiplex System with Powe Management, Data Logging and a Glass Dash Display
The following are the specs for a Super 2000 Rally Car:
· 3, 4 or 5-door models with length over 3900mm
· Generic 4X4 transmission without active differential from Sadev or Xtrac
· 2.0 liter normally aspirated engine from either a base engine used in any model from the manufacturer, or a engine licensed from another manufacturer with 2,500 units minimum production per year
· Engine must comply to BTCC/ETC specs with 8,500rpm rev limit
· Minimum weight – 1100kg tarmac, 1150kg gravel
· Maximum bodywork and wheel arch extension width 1800mm
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