Suzuki SX4 WRC

The Suzuki SX4 WRC is a World Rally Car built for the Suzuki World Rally Team by Suzuki in the World Rally Championship. It is based upon the Suzuki SX4 road car, and was debuted at the 2007 Tour de Corse.[2]

Suzuki SX4 WRC
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CategoryWorld Rally Car
ConstructorSuzuki World Rally Team
Technical specifications[1]
Length4,135 mm (162.8 in)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Engine1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo charge
Front transverse
TransmissionFive-speed sequential
4-wheel drive
Weight1,230 kg (2,711.7 lb)
TyresPirelli
Competition history (WRC)
Notable entrantsJapan Suzuki World Rally Team
Notable drivers
DebutFrance 2007 Tour de Corse
RacesWinsPodiumsTitles
17000

Competition historyEdit

World Rally ChampionshipEdit

At the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, Suzuki announced it would enter the FIA World Rally Championship, with the factory backed Suzuki World Rally Team in the World Rally Car category in 2007, using the SX4 WRC with AWD and the J20 engine producing 320 hp (239 kW; 324 PS) and 590 N⋅m (440 lb⋅ft) of torque.[3] However, due to WRC calendar changes Suzuki officially debuted in 2008, using the season of 2007 as further development time for the SX4.

The SX4 competed on a test basis in two 2007 WRC events: the Rallye de France in October 2007 (finishing 31st overall) and the Rally GB in November 2007 (finishing 27th overall).[4] In the first event of 2008, the Rallye Monte Carlo, Suzuki driver Per-Gunnar Andersson finished eighth.[5]

HillclimbingEdit

A race car called 'Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special' was used at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It was a specially adapted Suzuki SX4, with a twin turbocharged 3.1 litre V6 engine producing 910 hp (679 kW; 923 PS) and 890 N⋅m (660 lb⋅ft) of torque. Driver Nobuhiro Tajima won the event in Suzukis for six years running, the last three of which were in the SX4 HCS, and set the track record time of 9:51.278.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Suzuki SX4 WRC". juwra.com. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Suzuki SX4 WRC". e-wrc.com. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ "SUZUKI WRC CHALLENGE | Reports | Test Report #01 SX4 WRC moves on to European tests". Suzuki-wrc.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  4. ^ "Suzuki World Rally Team". 28 July 2008. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Loeb clinches record Monte win". Autosport. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  6. ^ Woodyard, Chris (27 June 2011). "Video: Monster Suzuki blows away Hyundai on Pikes Peak". USA Today. Retrieved 31 December 2011.

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