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Dytut said:
I suspect that they're sneaky aerodynamics aswell.
When you give huge allowances in aero, they come up with all sorts.  And by that i mean, if you don't say where you can't have aero, teams will add it.  Honestly, race teams spend a long time working out how to get round the rule book, seriously.  Where do you think the Yarris mirrors came from?
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versedi said:
I'm pretty sure last year in January I've had 40-50% off just before the Monte (1-2 days before)...that's reasonable cause the subscription expires on the day that rally starts this year.
Hm, maybe I'll wait for that this time if that's the case. I finally got the "Pay Now" button to work by trying in a fresh user account, but I'm still sore about missing the 30% off and don't want to settle for the 20% off now. :tongue:
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The newest WRC cars are becoming more and more like GT3 racing cars by improving the aerodynamics, carbon-fiber bodykits and spoilers and also within some parts of the car, and also the tiny powerful turbocharged engines that have an F1 engineering illustrated in wide bores and short strokes and the turbocharger device.
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I'm not so afraid as many others are actually. Yeah, these cars have more aero then before, and yeah those 1.6 liters are not my favorite either. But I think the bigger turbo restrictors will compensate for the improved downforce. The added power will just pull trough the aerodynamic effects. Besides, downforce works with air flow, so in anything from mid speed corners to hairpins I think we'll see more sideways actions than the last few seasons. As there is more power then before, with no air flow to push down on the car there is no/little downforce to stop the beast within trough hairpins and other slow sections. :smile:
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- Elfyn Evans swaps places with Eric Camilli in M-Sport for Monte Carlo Rally (and probably for the rest of the season too).
- All-Attiyah postpones his plans for private VW team until 2018 (I told you it was too late to sign up the team for 2017;)
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Ostberg and Prokop found their place too:

WRC regulars Mads Ostberg and Martin Prokop will run the majority of the 2017 season, forming a team of two M-Sport Ford Fiesta cars from Rally Sweden onwards.

Ostberg, who was seventh in the standings with M-Sport last year, lost his seat within the team as it signed Sebastien Ogier and Ott Tanak.

The Norwegian will therefore revert to driving for his family-run Adapta team, which he competed for between 2007 and 2010 as well as in 2012.

Ostberg will miss Rally Monte Carlo, but will be present in the following round in Sweden. He then is set to take part in the rest of the season, with the exception of Rally Mexico, during which he is expected to become a father.

Morten Ostberg, father of Mads, told Motorsport.com's sister publication Autosport: "We are very excited about the year to come. Mads will be in an M-Sport Ford in Sweden, that we can confirm.

"He has tested the 2017 Fiesta twice now, but he will test more before Sweden. We have seen in the recent years what Mads is capable of in Sweden, so it was important for us to be sure to have him in the new car."

He will team up with long-time WRC privateer Martin Prokop, who has been a regular in the Ford Fiesta WRC since 2012.

"The plan is to do what we did in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, when we were running the car with our own Adapta team under the umbrella of M-Sport," added Ostberg Sr.

"This year it looks like we will be even more independent, working with Martin Prokop’s team from the Czech Republic."

Despite being independents, Ostberg and Prokop will be entered by M-Sport, as 2017-spec cars are only allowed to be entered by factory teams.

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These little pocket rockets look like a lot of fun! Glad to see roadsters in rally form again!
And the sound of that Abarth 124 reminds me a lot of the Lancer VI Gr.A car or am I mistaken?
Fantastic!!! Rallying with real cars again.
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