Proton Satria Neo S2000 WRC Car. Gasp!

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Designed by Mellors Elliott Motorsport, (MEM), the new Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 rally car has just raised the performance bar for the rapidly expanding FIA Super 2000 rally series.

The concept was developed by using a combination of innovative engineering designs, the 25 years of experience of the team’s technical staff but, crucially, also the input from the team’s owner and extremely successful driver, Chris Mellors. The result is an astonishingly small and agile car which from the very outset was designed for the driver.



With an attractive and aerodynamic package for the front bumper, wings, rear bumper and rear spoiler complimenting the eye-catching Satria design, the Proton S2000 can achieve in full rally trim the smallest frontal area and the lowest roof height in its class even at rally ride height settings. Driver and Co-driver seat positions are fixed at the rearmost possible mounting points to maximise the car’s weight distribution but with the pedal box and steering column both adjustable to suit different pilots. The MEM rollcage design uses 35 metres of lightweight Chrome Moly tube together with strategic body strengthening resulting in vastly improved torsional bodyshell stiffness and a no-compromise safety cell for the crew. The cleverly designed side crash protection bars are uniquely shaped to aid driver and co-driver access into and out of the car.



The 2 litre Proton Super 2000 engine is derived from the 1.8 litre engine fitted to Proton’s Waja model and has been further developed by MEM’s engineers to produce a reliable 278 bhp @ 7600rpm with a usable power band from 5,500 to 8,500rpm. Combined with the best 6-speed sequential 4WD Super 2000 transmission currently available, (the “532” version from market leaders Xtrac), the car sets new standards for engine performance and driveability.

The fuel system innovates too with a quick-change fuel control cassette, (which includes all the fuel pumps, filters and valves), attached to the MEM-designed FIA FT3 safety fuel cell to aid rapid maintenance.



Alcon provides the braking power with their latest Super 2000 alloy 4-pot calipers and ventilated discs which combined with the Neo’s low overall weight of 1150kg gives astoundingly short braking distances. The ventilated disc sizes are independently maximised for both Gravel, (15” rims), and Tarmac, (18” rims), but for both simplicity and cost the brake calipers are common to both setups thanks to a simple mounting arrangement.

MEM’s engineers have designed the suspension with a relatively conventional layout of wishbone and MacPherson strut, which means it will be easy and relatively cheap to maintain whilst remaining super-reliable. However, the design has cleverly maximised damper travel to such an extent that the bump stops are the only part that stops the body sills hitting the ground on full bump travel! This translates into achieving both an ultra-low tarmac setup with go-kart levels of body roll and a long-travel gravel setup with enormous ability to soak up the biggest bumps. With various anti-roll bars available for both front and rear and with MEM’s 25 years of rally experience, the suspension setup can be easily fine-tuned for any rally surface or type.



The latest technology is used in the electrical systems with a state-of-the-art Multiplexed wiring system capable of managing the entire car’s electronics from a central unit ideally placed in the centre of the car in-between the driver and co-driver. Apart from the weight saving reduction that this achieves, it is simple to operate and, with automatically resetting circuit breakers, this is technology and reliability at its best.



The result of all this is a car which not only has well-proven technical advances and novel design but also has simplicity where appropriate to ensure the best possible combination of performance and reliability.

Cited directly MEM Proton Super2000 website

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Bump: p/s: It might have been a really2 outdated news, recently discovered by me. But I'm proud of knowin it. :proud:
 
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if this car is going to run in the rally they should let KARAMJIT SINGH drive the car .... malaysian car with a malaysian driver ....he can do wonders ......
 

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Fantastic. They really liked this car that much huh? Karamjit is probabaly the best Asian rally driver. But since he hasn't been competing in international level for some time its hard to gauge how good he is. Though recently he won the Malaysian rally competiton.

I wonder how this car will fare.
 

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well it is made by the same company who tuned karamjit's car on post-pert races. :proud: it does look really2 good. but the thing is, i can't find any links to the official super2000 website. any help would be wonderful.
 

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the thing is, we don't take pride of protons in motorsport. motorsport is definitely a big way to boost the morale of the company to do better cars. but since we're not participating much, its definitely a loss. miss the proton impian btcc cars.

 

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...very nice work and engineering...but ain't cheap to look and power like that...:biggrin:
 

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:wavey:Nice wrc neo, but i heard it have problem passing FIA
 

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naw, it worked just fine. did the mods. passed the FIA specs n regulations. managed to participate the last round of the ERC in Cote D'Azur. expect more from them next year. :proud:
 

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http://www.memuk.com/

this is the link to the website of mellors elliot motorsports, the builder of the car. This is actually an official "factory" backed initiative. For homologation, etc. FIA only recognises the Manufacturer of the original car, therefore proton must be involved at some stage and MEM cannot do it on their own.

The car recently competed in the opening round of WRC2009 in ireland entered by an independent team and driven by 2004 PWRC champion Niall Mcshae, and actually finished 3rd overall in SS1, in front of 5 time champion sebastien loeb...

http://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101&id=3725&desc=McShea%E2%80%99s%20sensational%20start%20ended%20by%20electrical%20glitch
 

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thanks for the info gary. just realized the news. more kudos to the car.:proud:

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Bump: Here's the compiled info on the Proton Satria Neo S2000 stage times for Rally of Ireland.

DAY 1

SS1 Glenboy 1
1. Jari-Matti Latvala - 12:44.0
3. Niall McShea - 13:11.1
7. Sebastian Loeb - 13:26.0

SS2 Cavan 1
1. Sebastian Loeb - 8:31.5 (>2nd Overall)
8. Niall McShea - 8:57.2 (<5th Overall)

The car retired later for the day due to electrical problems.

DAY 2

SS9 Sloughan Glen 1
1. Sebastian Loeb - 14:43.3 (1st overall)
9. Niall McShea - 16:02.3(>28th overall - 29th on the end of Day 1)

SS10 Ballinamallard 1
1. Sebastian Loeb - 13:02.1 (1st overall)
10. Niall McShea - 14:09.7 (>26th overall)

SS11 Tempo 1
1. Sebastian Loeb - 7:33.1 (1st overall)
23. Niall McShea - 9:02.3 (>25th overall)

SS12 Sloughan Glen 2
1. Sebastian Loeb - 14:33.9 (1st overall)
11. Niall McShea - 15:35.8 (25th overall)

SS13 Ballinamallard 2
1. Sebastian Loeb - 12:51.4 (1st overall)
12. Niall McShea - 14:04.8 (>23rd overall)

The car was then retired due to standing water.

I guess this shows the potential of the S2000 type cars in the rally and show their worth among the turbocharged cars. :proud:

WRC Rally of Ireland 2009

MEM S2000 Satria Neo News
 
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hmmm hopefully its not ended up like skoda n mitsu..:rolleyes: