RonSkoda wrote:They won't be able to change that engine now though, only develop it if possible. I think they at least cured the problems they had in Ypres? McShea reckoned the engine wasn't down on power. Maybe top end power is ok but torque and driveability is lacking compared to the oppositon?
That is corredct, Ron. Engine can only be changed to a 1.6T from basically now on. It is quite a rules curiosity, actually. With a 1.6T they can't do IRC 2011, and the 2.0 atmo (or another 2.0) they can't have a new homologation from now. Which is why IRC has to change to cars similar to WRC from 2012 latest. MEM is doing and has already done development on the current engine.
I am not sure if the Ypres problems are cured. They had several engine problems since. Even McShea retiring on the road section before the 1st stage in San Remo. Hope it is not all different problems, because that would make it even harder getting anywhere with that engine.
I am surprised McShea says the engine isn't down on power. In Barum I stood maybe 150-200 meters behind the start of the stage, and the Protons were visibly down on power. I would honestly say they were like S1600 cars, definitely not even in the same league as any of the other S2000s. Coming back and cornering they were absolutely good, but accelerating from the tight bend near start finish onto the long straight, again they seem to lack. Most visibly from standing start of course. That is in fact why I was so amazed and have quite some faith in Keith Cronin. I would say at the start line the Protons lose already 2-3 secs all the S2000 oposition. Yet once he got his hands in, Cronin was 5th in SS6, 3.7s off the pace, 7th in SS7, 11.3s off the pace, if he lost 3secs at the starts with the car visibly down on power, then in his driving he was bang on the pace to everyone!