McRae's own car breaks cover

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by ajzahn, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. #1 ajzahn, Jul 10, 2006
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    R4 has been developed in conjunction with Codemasters computer game designers

    This is the McRae R4, the new competition and track day car developed in conjunction with former World Rally Champion Colin McRae.

    Launched at last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, the R4 is powered by a 340bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine. It's fitted with a six-speed sequential gearbox and can be built with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Future engine options could include turbocharging for even more extreme performance - even in its current guise, the R4 is expected to hit 60mph in five seconds.

    McRae has developed the car in conjunction with DJM Race Preparations and Millington Engines, although its baby hatchback styling is the work of Codemasters, which produces the Scot's popular computer game series. Each of the spaceframe machines will have to pass SVA approval but thereafter, they will be legal for road use.

    Testing of the R4 is scheduled to start in early autumn. And the cost? Expect a price tag of around £130,000 for the 'base' model.

  2. #2 ajzahn, Jul 10, 2006
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    World Premier at Goodwood for the Colin McRae R4 !

    The prototype of the new competition car conceived by Colin McRae to thrill both drivers and motorsport fans will see the light of day for the first time at The 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    Goodwood, 7th July 2006 - The Colin McRae R4 Performance Car is to be unveiled today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This new car is meant to be a true racer, suitable for rallying, rally cross, circuit racing and ice racing. Developed by 1995 World Rally Champion - Colin McRae, it will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2007.

    �The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a paramount symbol of the passion for motor racing�, says Colin McRae, former Rally World Champion and the man behind this project. �I could not imagine a better stage for the first static display of a car which is being conceived exclusively for the pleasure of driving, to accommodate the wishes of professional and amateur drivers and to reignite the passion in motorsport fans around the world�.

    The challenge of conceiving a new performance car from a blank sheet of paper started in January 2005, when Colin first imagined building a car that would incorporate the facets able to excite both the driver and the spectator. Six months later the project was launched and by the end of 2005, after much background research and planning, the final specification of the car was finalised.

    Today, Colin McRae and his team are proud to show to the world the prototype of their future car for the first time. The Colin McRae R4 will be completed in the forthcoming weeks and will undergo a test and development programme between August and December of this year. One of Colin�s first objectives is to achieve the highest degree of reliability and to minimize the running costs in comparison to the modern WRCs. The commercialization of the car will start in early 2007.

    Designed by Colin McRae and Dave Plant and built by DJM Race Preparation, the McRae R4�s chassis is based on a steel safety cage with carbon paneling front and rear and a steel-covered cockpit area. Suspension consists of twin wishbones with Proflex dampers. The body styling has been designed by Keith Burden and Tom Webster.

    The engine is a normally-aspirated 4 cylinder, 2.5 litre Millington Diamond Engine producing 350 BHP. The transmission will be ensured by a six-speed gearbox, manual or semi-automatic, and by mechanical front and rear differentials with the option of mechanical or active central differential. The car can be produced in either 2 or 4 wheel drive formats.

  3. thats fairly ugly if i do say so myself
  4. They announced it as the true rally car, but that's no excuse to such a poor design. They are definetely better at videogames IMO
  5. 340bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder NA engine???
  6. As far as I remember, it looked way better in the sketches I posted some time ago.
  7. ugly.. very ugly
  8. with some decent horizontally aligned headlights it could have been awesome.
  9. Big bore, short stroke, high revs. You never know. Former DTM engines used to be like that. I wonder how long it'll last before a rebuilt though
  10. It's not bad, but I much prefer Prodrive's P2.
  11. yeah that engine seems extremely highly stressed unless they are using motorcycle style bore and strokes.
  12. i wonder how many crash protection devices it will have?

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