August 19, 2016 @ 06:02 PM

Iriz ready to kick up some gravel

Rally spec Iriz teased on Facebook.


At first glance you could be mistaken for striking it off as a Proton Iriz with a pretty elaborate body kit; dual vents on the bonnet, massive canards that blend into the flared wheel arches and air ducts integrated into the front bumper.
 
But there’s the issue of that gaping opening in the bumper with mesh offering a line of defence against the pebbles that could damage the cooler cores hiding behind. Cooling for what you might ask?
 
For the intercooler perhaps?
 
Teased on the Facebook page of motorsports photography outfit Chicane Media, the caption left little to the imagination that this is an Iriz developed in accordance with the World Rally Championship (WRC) R5 regulations by Mellors Elliot Motorsports (MEM); the very same people that worked on the Satria Neo S2000 together with Proton.
 
The WRC has been gradually overhauling the technical regulations that see the R5 category replace the S2000 class.
 
Under the new rules, an R5 car would have to be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with a mandated 32mm FIA restrictor and horsepower capped at 280bhp. Chances are the Iriz R5 will be running a highly modified version of the 1.6-litre CamPro CFE engine as its base.
 
Power goes to all four wheels through a five-speed sequential transmission with front and rear differentials.
 
The whole package can weigh no less than 1230kg and the rear suspension will be converted to a MacPherson setup just like the Satria Neo S2000 for more suspension travel from the three-way adjustable dampers.
 
Conforming to the R5 requirements would make the Iriz eligible for the new WRC-2 class as well as the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) that was a successful hunting ground for the Satria Neo S2000. The Iriz can expect to go up against some of the other manufacturers that have already or are in the midst of developing their own R5 entrants such as the Skoda Fabia, Citroen DS3, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai i20.


Image source: Chicane Media Facebook

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