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GP Week : Issue 44
>>RALLYFEATURE “It is a normal story in motorsport. The most recent arrivals have an adv antage to know the experiences of those manufacturers who came before. Looking at how Skoda performed at Monte Carlo, this was exactly as I had expected. “They have quite a good budget, which allowed them to find good engineers. The project has been run in the proper way with a lot of testing. We started work on our project in 2005 and our early experiences were beneficial not only for us but for other teams and also the FIA. The FIA were able to study what we were doing and were able to define their ideas accordingly. “Obviously, as you know, there has been a recent change in management in Abarth, but we hope we can build on the experiences we have gained over the past three years and proceed with our plans to make a new car.” What have Skoda been able to do that you either could not do, or did not realise you should do? “I cannot speak as an engineer, but I know that other teams have learned a lot of ideas over recent years such as how to get the optimum weight distribution, and learned how to achieve reliability on all the parts of the car.” Has the Abarth Grande Punto Super 2000 been substantially improved over the three years and have the regulations changed as well? “As you know we have made a big change this year, moving from Sadev to Xtrac transmissions on our cars. Looking back to the original FIA transmission tender, the FIA insisted that the sole supplier of transmissions must provide a product that has a life of 2,500km of special stages without overhaul. It was a good idea at the time, but recently it has been changed and, as other transmission suppliers are now allowed, Fiat has turned to Xtrac. “This year we have also made changes to the rear suspension, the steering and the exhausts system”. Do you think that the new World Rally Car ‘Super 2000+’ formula will benefit from S2000 experience and also be successful? “I think so, I hope so. We pushed for the Super 2000 category originally and we are happy with the way it is working – it has really become successful. “Even without the current economic crisis, the introduction of Super 2000 concepts as the next generation World Rally Cars will, I believe, bring the sport back to where it was in around the mid-‘90s, when six or seven manufacturers were involved in all the championships. “I would prefer a change of the World Championship sporting regulations so that it is no longer only possible for nominated registered crews to score points for the makes world championship. I would like local drivers once again to have the chance of scoring points for the manufacturers of their cars, and also not to have to commit themselves to run a full season”. 37