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GP Week : Issue 134
RALLY news >> Nostalgia time at Lotus Two months short of the 30th anniversary of Talbot clinching the FIa world rally championship with the Sunbeam Lotus model, Lotus has announced its intention to produce a rally version of the Lotus Exige, intended to be the first sports car homologated for rallying since the old Group B days. The Sunbeam Lotus car used a Lotus Engineering-developed 2.2 litre twin overcam 16-valve alloy engine which first saw the light of day in rallying in 1978 when Andrew Cowan drove some national British rallies and then Tony Pond took second place on the free- formula Mille Pistes Rally in France. The engine and car were homologated in1979, and in 1980 the team entered various rounds of the WRC. Earlier in the year Henri Toivonen won the European championship Arctic Rally and then, at the end of the season, the world championship RAC Rally. Talbot took the world manufacturers’ title in 1981, helped by the victory of Guy Frequelin in Argentina. Claudio Berro, today’s Motorsport Director of Group Lotus was a young Italian championship co-driver and gained podium results towards the end of the year with Federico Ormezzano. In the (pre-WRC) sixties the Lotus name was seen in rallies on versions of the Cortina when fitted with the Cosworth 16-valve twin-ohc engine, the chassis for which had been adapted by Lotus for race and rally use. This model was used for rallying by the Ford team from the launch in 1963 in Mark 1 version Cortinas while, for 1967, these engines were installed in the new bulkier Mark 2 Cortina cars. These cars carried Ford rallying through to the Escort era in 1968 when the Lotus name was dropped. The first Lotus Cortina win only came late in 1965 on the Welsh Rally in the hands of Roger Clark and Graham Robson. Major European championship victories achieved by Lotus Cortinas were the Acropolis, the Geneva and the RAC in 1966 with Mark 1 cars, then the Swedish in 1978 with a borrowed Mark 1. No other Lotus models succeeded in contemporaneous rally sport, although in later years the original Elan model became very popular and successful in Historic Car rallying. VW showed the uprated version of their prototype Polo r World rally car at the Iaa Frankfurt show last week, featuring revised front bodywork design. It was the first time a driveable version of the car had been seen. Meanwhile work with a development Fabia S2000, testing parts for the new Polo World Rally Car, has been continuing with Juho Hanninen and Hans Weijs. Announced in Frankfurt were the Volkswagen candidate driver entries for the forthcoming Rally of Spain, the mixed surfaced WRC event in the third week in October, the penultimate round of the world series. At the wheel of VW’s own Skoda cars on this occasion will be Christian Riedemann, a WRC Academy driver who had already driven for VW in Rally Deutschland and fellow Academy driver Yeray Lemes from the Spanish Atlantic island of Lanzarote. The Rally of Spain is not one of the Academy programme events. VW reveals latest WRC evolution 21