Suzuki Ignis Profile

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Suzuki Ignis General Information

It appears difficult for me to write much about the various Suzuki S1600 cars. With the birth of the JWRC Suzuki for the first time showed a serious interest in rallying. And for a Japanese manufacturer it is an unusual set up, as untypical for the Japanese Suzuki are running the program in-house, yet from Europe. There is talk since a long time of a motorsport base in Milton Keynes, UK, where GM-Vauxhall (area) and independant tuner MSD (Vauxhall, Hyundai, MG) is based too, but since years now the team around Suzuki's Japanese motorsport boss Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima is based in a small Suzuki car factory in Hungary. Suzuki's interest in the JWRC is so large, that they so far developped 3 different S1600 kit cars, they run as an official works team (against the spirit of the JWRC) and they send 6-8 cars into the JWRC every year. In a way the JWRC even has the feel of a Suzuki one-makes-series for the sheer number of Suzuki entries in this category. To then win the title only once (2004 with PG Andersson) in 6 years of trying (at the time of writing this, 2007) is in my eyes a major embarrassement. Suzuki's big image in S1600 rallying is clearly for quantity, not for quality. That is why I find it difficult to write many positive words about these 3 cars. That Suzuki feels their S1600/JWRC success story will turn them into a major contender in the WRC - official word from Suzuki is that they will win the WRC in 2009 - reminds me more of the disappointments we have seen at Seat and Hyundai WRC projects following F2 programs. I wouldn't be sad though if I stand corrected, as the WRC could do with more competition at the front.

Suzuki Ignis (1st generation): This was Suzuki's first S1600 car. Interesting name for an unusual car. Certainly unusual car for rallying as the Ignis is a very boxy design. It is difficult where to put the Ignis even as a road car. It is one of the cars that seem higher than they are wide, which can't help its handling much. (A bit the trend that started with Mercedes' A-Class and Smart projects - if the designer of these cars really was surprised these cars liked tipping over, then that designer should be sacked!) And still the Ignis did not really compare with anything on the road. It was a bit like a mini-van, but too small for this. It was a bit like a small compact car, but too high for this. Although the later G3X Ignis had 4x4 as an option, nobody would have looked at the Ignis as an off-roader or a mini-SUV, yet in 2007 the Ignis range was straight replaced by the SX4.

Suzuki Ignis (2nd generation): In rallying terms this car is easiest identified from the previous Ignis model by this generation Ignis being only available in a 5-door shell and being rallied accordingly. The first generation Ignis rally car was a 3-door version. Untypically for car industry and insiders Suzuki ignores the hatchback tailgate (mistakable for a saloon) and talks of 2-door and 4-door shells. This Ignis still looked higher than it was wide and strangely despite gaining in length severly it still had the same wheelbase (one of several examples why even in their road design I struggle to find positive words), which was no good news for its handling on most rally stages. If the 1st Ignis was difficult to identify its market segment, this new Ignis has another novelty. For its huge 3rd side window it is not really a hatchback, nor really an estate, it is something in-between. The short life time of the 1st Ignis is explained with this Ignis being identical to the new generation Subaru Justy (both these companies being distant relatives through a GM connection). Suzuki doesn't really use generation tags as Mk1, Mk2, etc.. The 1st Ignis was just the Ignis. Interestingly both the new Subaru Justy as this 2nd generation Suzuki Ignis are identified by the G3X tag, and untypically this identification comes in front of the actual model name. Such we have a G3X Justy and a G3X Ignis.

A further note of interest to this G3X Ignis is that this car was not only used for the JWRC. Suzuki had an Asia-Pacific Championship program with this car and some really interesting names. Among their Asia-Pacific drivers were Chris Atkinson and Hannu Mikkola's son Vesa Mikkola.

Suzuki Swift: In 2005 Suzuki launched their 3rd JWRC weapon in little over 4 years! Although technically identical the Swift is a very different shell from the Ignis. It is Suzuki's first S1600 car to look really sporty and indeed I see a new design trend in Suzuki that looks very smart. Also in configuration with a short and low shell this car should have a balance advantage over the unique Ignis models. In rally history the Swift is already a known model. Suzuki launched the Swift as a compact car already in 1983. This first generation Swift, that Suzuki identified as the "EA"-shell, was on many markets known as the Cultus. The new Swift is the "MZ"-shell for Suzuki insiders. Strangely the engine layout of the S1600 car showed no relation whatsoever to the road version Suzuki Swift. Same applies by the way to all the previous Ignis S1600 versions too. Although the Ignis road car was only as a 1.3 & a 1.5, the only 1.6 engine in Suzuki's entire current program is a 1586cc with very different bore x stroke to the S1600 engine.

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Suzuki Ignis Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Suzuki Ignis (2-door) (02-03) 206/8500 180/7250 3615.1740.1540 950 (4.6) FWD (2360)
Suzuki Ignis do not use (04-22) 0 0 0.0.0 0 (0) 0 (0)

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Suzuki Ignis Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
12th. 2004 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] 4:38:9.1
13th. 2004 WRC Rally of Turkey U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] 5:25:52.9
23rd. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
26th. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland J. Valimäki J. Honkanen #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 2003 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 2003 WRC Rally of Turkey S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2003 WRC Acropolis Rally U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 2003 WRC Acropolis Rally S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 2003 WRC Acropolis Rally D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
26th. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] 3:57:29.8
28th. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Suzuki Ignis Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2004 WRC Rallye Catalunya U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] SS10 engine
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] SS3 ?
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland J. Latvala M. Anttila #43 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Acropolis Rally U. Aava K. Sikk #32 [UNKNOWN] SS9 suspension
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] SS17 driveshaft
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] SS6 driveshaft
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Turkey D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] SS15 suspension
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Turkey U. Aava K. Sikk #71 [UNKNOWN] SS5 suspension
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo D. Carlsson M. Andersson #52 [UNKNOWN] SS6 disqualified
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Canellas Jnr. X. Amigo #69 [UNKNOWN] SS12 driveshaft