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Proton will enter WRC with its new Iriz R5

By Faiming_low on 22 May 2017

Attached Image With the help of british company Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM), Proton will return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2018 with its race-prepped Iriz R5.

MEM has previously helped Proton prep its cars for rallying and rallying fans will remember the Satria Neo S2000 competing in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) and the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in the late 2000s.

Attached Image The new car is set to race in both WRC2 and the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. It will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X engine that is downsized to 1.6-litre and is claimed to be even stronger in this form. The engine will be paired to a Xtrac transmission and will have other goodies like Brembo brakes and Reiger dampers.

According to MEM, the Iriz is 'perfect for rallying' with the car being shorter than the satria while having a longer wheelbase. The new car also lots of frontal area which aids cooling and its strut tops are perfectly placed.

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Written by Faiming_low
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Friendstar May 24 2017 12:07 PM
I laughed out loud!
Pocus May 24 2017 05:58 PM
It looks abit high for a WRC platform but hard to say....now all the trend is to convert compact hatches instead of in sized hatches. Hope it finds a good drivers and does well in the rally...

Too bad this Significant news is overshadowed by its offer to Chinese makers...
Watwheels May 24 2017 09:19 PM

Is it a Mitsubishi Colt in disguise?

Aiya, what's new....

Ake109 May 24 2017 10:52 PM

I like it. A bit divided on the rear wheel arch shapes but overall, i think it looks good.

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