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Proton Satria Neo General Information

Proton is back again. Interestingly the S2000 car is prepared by the same largely unknown company that run Karamjit Singh's groupN works cars some years back: MEM, Mellors Elliot Motorsport in UK, curiously the company run by Ford fan and driver Chris Mellors. Not to say Chris Mellors doesn't like Proton, more he is one of the very first Sierra Cosworth drivers full stop, he was in the original Securicor Cosy line up in 1986 including a start at the RAC Rally 1986, all before the Cosy was even homologated into groupN/A. He also has experience with preparing and running his own gN Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 which gave him the qualification to build and run gN Mitsubishi based Protons. And he even used to own an Escort WRC, in fact the works car in which Francois Delecour won the Tour de Corse 1993 (before it was converted to WRCar). Indeed Chris even sold the famous ex-Delecour WRCar to help buying lorries and equipment for the new Proton S2000 project. But it still is a surprise and a brave move to get Mellors and MEM onto the development of an S2000 car.

The base car is the Proton Satria Neo, which is also an example of changing times at the Malaysian manufacturer. For decades the Malaysian firm Proton built Mitsubishi licence products. The Wira was a badge engineered, Malaysian produced Mitsubishi Lancer of the generatin EvoI-III. The Pert equalled the Lancer Carisma and the Pert Mk2 the Lancer Cedia, while the more civil Wira was replaced by the Waja with a more independant design but same platform as the Pert Mk1. The second main model in Proton's range was the Satria, a re-badged 1990s (4th generation) Mitsubishi Colt.

In contrast to Pert and its Mk1/Mk2 tag, Neo = new is part of this car's model name and replaces the Mk2. It is done like this because Proton identifies the Satria Neo as the direct replacement to the original Satria. But at the same time it is of major importance that the Satria Neo is no more a rebadged Mitsubishi, but a completely independent design and technology.

The Satria Neo road versions however are not available with anything beyond 1600cc. Such, despite Satria Neo road versions using Proton's very own engines these days, the S2000 car actually uses an engine based on the Renault unit as found in the Waja.

UPDATE: You find more on the Satria Neo vs Colt as a model in the Proton manufacturer story. But there are several aspects on this project that should be mentioned here. MEM is a small outfit and surprising move for this S2000 project. They proved to be an absolutely brilliant choice. The base engine may have been a Renault, but tuning of the engine was all in house with MEM, while far larger S2000 outfits as M-Sport, Peugeot Sport and Skoda Motorsport sourced their engines from outside tuners. And that the engine proved to be the main problem area of the car was not entirely MEM's fault, if at all their fault. Proton had a 2000cc engine alright, but this was a V6, good idea for it was probably the smoothest 2.0L engine on the market, but as a base of an S2000 car it was simply too heavy. Proton's main engine for the Satria Neo was a 1600cc, that was a bit too far off enlarging it to a 2000cc. So they were stuck with the 2000cc Renault engine from the Waja, which in itself was an outgoing model.

Further it is interesting that with the independent design of the Satria Neo, Proton actually had help from Lotus. This meant the Satria Neo was a very unusual car, very low and wide, superb handling, aerodynamics, centre of gravity as a rally base. The problem was again the engine, as Lotus's idea of a top sporty Satria was a supercharged version of the 1.6. A supercharged 1.6 would have been a mega exciting choice for an R5 car, but the S2000 came several years before the R5 classes were finalised. It will be interesting what Proton and MEM will do of R5. It would be the only R5 car using a supercharger rather than a turbo, which would be possible in the rules although the FIA will probably be stuck on how to handle it with air restrictors etc. (Proton are definitely thinking about such R5 project, but at the moment are waiting for a Satria Neo successor, the Satria Neo itself has been build since 2006 already). For now the Satria Neo S2000 is out of date, as are basically all S2000 cars. Interesting here that 2 of the Satria Neo S2000 cars have been sold to Kenya for Safari style rallies, while virtually all other remaining cars were converted by Milligan to 2500cc atmospheric engines for national rallies in UK.

Leaves as final note, that the car was much, much better than most would believe. Yes, results in IRC lacked badly, but just how much bad luck could the small team have? Just one example: SWRC season 2012 and PG Andersson was well leading the SWRC category and well in the top10 overall in the famous Rallye Monte Carlo, when on the last stage the car caught fire for the sake of a fuel pipe worth a few pennies. Despite this very unlucky retirement PG Andersson, MEM and Proton were very convincing winners of the 2012 SWRC championship!

Hope to see them again with an R5. Very small manufacturer and a very small team, yet surprisingly clever car.
 

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Proton Satria Neo Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Proton Satria Neo Millington (00-00) 0 0 0.0.0 0 (0) 0 (0)
Proton Satria Neo S2000 (00-00) 278/7600 271/7000 3905.1800.1420 1200 (4.3) 4x4 (2440)

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Proton Satria Neo Results

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
14th. 2012 WRC Swedish Rally P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 3:28:16.8
37th. 2012 WRC Swedish Rally A. McRae B. Hayes #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 2012 WRC Rally New Zealand P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 2012 WRC Rally of Finland P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 2:39:1.2
18th. 2012 WRC Rally of Finland J. Salo M. Salminen #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 2012 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Cave C. Parry #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 2012 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2012 WRC Rallye de France Alsace A. Aigner D. Ruf #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 2012 WRC Rallye de France Alsace P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 2012 WRC Rallye Catalunya P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 4:34:45.2
16th. 2012 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Fisher D. Barritt #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 2011 IRC Rally Islas Canarias G. Basso M. Dotta #2 [UNKNOWN] 1:43:15.9
16th. 2011 IRC Rally Islas Canarias P. Andersson E. Axelsson #4 [UNKNOWN] 1:49:1.7
19th. 2011 IRC Ypres Rally P. Andersson E. Axelsson #8 [UNKNOWN] 2:52:51.7
9th. 2011 IRC Barum Rally Zlin P. Andersson E. Axelsson #11 [UNKNOWN] 2:20:32.8
13th. 2011 IRC Barum Rally Zlin G. Basso M. Dotta #6 [UNKNOWN] 2:21:44.5
10th. 2011 IRC Rallye San Remo G. Basso M. Dotta #7 [UNKNOWN] 2:27:24.7
22nd. 2010 IRC Rallye San Remo G. Panizzi F. Delorme #10 [UNKNOWN] 2:46:34
5th. 2009 IRC Rally Russia G. Wilks P. Pugh #3 [UNKNOWN] 1:51:48.2
11th. 2009 IRC Rallye Madeira G. Wilks P. Pugh #10 [UNKNOWN] 3:20:36.2
22nd. 2009 IRC Rallye Asturias G. Wilks P. Pugh #9 [UNKNOWN] 3:03:35.4
13th. 2009 IRC Rallye San Remo G. Wilks P. Pugh #23 [UNKNOWN] 2:23:40.3
2nd. 2009 IRC RAC MSA Rally A. McRae B. Hayes #10 [UNKNOWN] 2:19:54.8

Proton Satria Neo Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2012 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Fisher D. Barritt #34 [UNKNOWN] SS5 ?
Ret. 2012 WRC Rallye de France Alsace P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] SS14 electrics
Ret. 2012 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] SS2 suspension
Ret. 2012 WRC Rally New Zealand P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2012 WRC Rally New Zealand A. McRae B. Hayes #34 [UNKNOWN] SS4 electrics
Ret. 2012 WRC Rally New Zealand A. McRae B. Hayes #34 [UNKNOWN] SS12 crash
Ret. 2012 WRC Rally New Zealand P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] SS15 suspension
Ret. 2012 WRC Rally New Zealand A. McRae B. Hayes #34 [UNKNOWN] SS19 clutch
Ret. 2012 WRC Swedish Rally A. McRae B. Hayes #34 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2012 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Basso M. Dotta #34 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 2012 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Andersson E. Axelsson #33 [UNKNOWN] SS16 fuel pipe
Ret. 2011 IRC RAC MSA Rally A. McRae B. Hayes #9 [UNKNOWN] SS5 sump
Ret. 2011 IRC RAC MSA Rally P. Andersson E. Axelsson #8 [UNKNOWN] SS11 electrics
Ret. 2011 IRC Rallye San Remo C. Atkinson S. Prevot #9 [UNKNOWN] SS1 electrics
Ret. 2011 IRC Mecsek Rally G. Basso M. Dotta #7 [UNKNOWN] SS1 engine
Ret. 2011 IRC Mecsek Rally P. Andersson E. Axelsson #9 [UNKNOWN] SS6 cambelt
Ret. 2011 IRC Ypres Rally G. Basso M. Dotta #4 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 2011 IRC Prime Yalta Rally P. Andersson E. Axelsson #5 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 2011 IRC Prime Yalta Rally G. Basso M. Dotta #4 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 2011 IRC Prime Yalta Rally O. Saliuk E. Chervonenko #20 [UNKNOWN] SS6 ?
Ret. 2011 IRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Atkinson S. Prevot #19 [UNKNOWN] SS1 electrics
Ret. 2011 IRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Andersson E. Axelsson #15 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 2010 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Cave C. Parry #68 [UNKNOWN] SS7 ?
Ret. 2010 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Cave C. Parry #68 [UNKNOWN] SS10 ?
Ret. 2010 IRC RAC MSA Rally A. McRae B. Hayes #5 [UNKNOWN] SS5 alternator
Ret. 2010 IRC RAC MSA Rally K. Cronin B. McNulty #7 [UNKNOWN] SS6 steering
Ret. 2010 IRC RAC MSA Rally T. Cave C. Parry #14 [UNKNOWN] SS12 crash
Ret. 2010 IRC Rallye San Remo N. McShea M. Clarke #30 [UNKNOWN] SS0 engine
Ret. 2010 IRC Barum Rally Zlin K. Cronin B. McNulty #22 [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash
Ret. 2010 IRC Barum Rally Zlin N. McShea M. Clarke #14 [UNKNOWN] SS9 engine
Ret. 2010 IRC Rallye Acores C. Atkinson S. Prevot #3 [UNKNOWN] SS0 did not start following Ypres problems
Ret. 2010 IRC Rallye Acores A. McRae B. Hayes #8 [UNKNOWN] SS0 did not start following Ypres problems
Ret. 2010 IRC Rallye Acores T. Cave C. Parry #10 [UNKNOWN] SS0 did not start following Ypres problems
Ret. 2010 IRC Ypres Rally C. Atkinson S. Prevot #3 [UNKNOWN] SS4 engine
Ret. 2010 IRC Ypres Rally T. Cave C. Parry #23 [UNKNOWN] SS4 engine
Ret. 2010 IRC Ypres Rally A. McRae B. Hayes #16 [UNKNOWN] SS4 engine
Ret. 2009 IRC Barum Rally Zlin B. Bouffier X. Panseri #14 [UNKNOWN] SS0 ECU
Ret. 2009 IRC Barum Rally Zlin G. Wilks P. Pugh #20 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ECU
Ret. 2009 IRC Ypres Rally G. Wilks P. Pugh #7 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 2009 WRC Rally Ireland N. McShea . UNKNOWN #61 [UNKNOWN] SS2 electrics
Ret. 2009 WRC Rally Ireland N. McShea . UNKNOWN #61 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash