DEALER TEAM SUZUKI DEBUTS AT BRC LIVE 2004

BRC Live 2004 marks the first public appearance in the UK of newly-created Dealer Team Suzuki and its star driver, 23-year old Guy Wilks (Darlington, County Durham).

As the team prepares for its competitive debut on the Pirelli International Rally – the event which will kick-off the Kwik-Fit/Pirelli British Rally Championship proper on 23 April – BRC Live will give fans and media alike the opportunity to see, first-hand, the stunning Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 rally car.

Wilks and co-driver Phil Pugh (Tywyn, Gwynedd), who are also contesting the 2004 Junior World Rally Championship with Suzuki, will put the five-door 1.6-litre Ignis through its paces as part of BRC Live and the pairing is greatly looking forward to the event.

Wilks commented: "We’re delighted to be part of the British Rally Championship this year in the Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 and confidence is high among everyone at Dealer Team Suzuki that we stand a great chance of winning the Super 1600 category.

"BRC Live promises to be a tremendous event and it’s good for the public, whether they’re rally fans or not, to have such an opportunity to get close to the British Rally Championship cars – and in particular the new Dealer Team Suzuki outfit.

"Suzuki’s engineers have worked hard to make the Ignis a really strong all rounder and it is now probably the best car in Super 1600. We aim to give everyone a good idea of its capabilities at BRC Live."

In 2003 Suzuki recorded two wins and eight other podiums on the Junior World Rally Championship, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt the Ignis has the performance to conquer both gravel and asphalt events. Dealer Team Suzuki is, therefore, highly confident in its chances of success in the BRC this year.

Suzuki GB Director of Sales and Marketing David Seward said: "Dealer Team Suzuki will represent our 150 dealers across the country and we’re confident that in Guy Wilks we have the very best home-grown rallying star since world champions Colin McRae and Richard Burns."

He added: "Suzuki GB is delighted that the Ignis Super 1600 and Guy and Phil are to be key players in the 2004 championship and we’re sure that together they stand an excellent chance of winning the title."

Note to editors:

Technical specification follows.

SUZUKI IGNIS SUPER 1600 SPECIFICATION

ENGINE

 

Type:

Water-cooled, in-line 4, DOHC, 16-valve

Bore x Stroke:

81.0 x 77.5 mm

Cylinder capacity:

1597 cc

Maximum output:

160 kW (218 ps)/7250 rpm

Maximum torque:

186 Nm (19.0 kgm)/7,250 rpm

 

 

POWER TRAIN

 

Transmission:

Suzuki Sport, 6-speed sequential

Differential:

Front mechanical multi plate

Clutch:

Single plate

 

 

SUSPENSION

 

Type:

 

Front:

Strut

Rear:

3 link rigid

 

 

BRAKE

 

Disc:

 

Front:

Brembo, 355 mm (tarmac) / 300 mm (gravel) diameter

Rear:

Brembo, 278 mm diameter

Calliper:

 

Front:

Brembo, 4 pot

Rear:

Brembo, 2 pot

 

 

TYRE & WHEEL

 

Tyre:

Pirelli, (FIA Control Tyre)

Wheel:

17 x 7.0J (tarmac) 16 x 6.0J (gravel)

 

 

DIMENSIONS

 

Overall length:

3770 mm

Overall width:

1,740 mm

Overall height:

1,490-1,560 mm

Wheelbase:

2,360 mm

Tread:

 

Front:

1,560 mm

Rear:

1,519 mm

 

 

WEIGHT

1000 kg (with no crew or fuel)

INTERIOR

 

Steering:

Suzuki Sport, 350 mm

Seat:

Sparco

Seatbelt:

Sabelt, Top Formula

 

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