Close-up look at the Proton Satria Neo S2000 rally car

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Close-up look at the Proton Neo S2000 rally car

Proton Neo Super 2000 rally car quite a stir on the first WRC earlier this year, Ireland, when it stormed a podium position on day one

May 5, 2009 the World Rally Championship switching over to S2000-based next year, we thought it may be a time to have a closer at what has proved to be the fastest rally car so far, the Mellors Motorsport (MEM) build Satria Neo Super 2000. In the of Irish driver Niall the Proton caused quite a on the first WRC event earlier year, Rally Ireland, it stormed into a podium on day one, ahead of a full of WRC machinery.

Super 2000 is an motor racing industry vehicle category for both and rally cars that had at least 2500 produced in the year. The specification is limited to 2.0 – normally aspirated – engines, a maximum of 8,500 rpm. are slightly different regulations for cars and rally cars four wheel drive allowed in rally cars, a control specification 6-speed gearbox that can be supplied by one of companies.

While S2000 cars, as the MG S2000, have been national rally championships 2007, any normally aspirated 2.0 able to beat turbocharged rally cars with the best drivers behind the is quite impressive. Most road cars are thinly Mitsubishis – but with Tommi having dominated the Group A era, winning the World driver’s title four in a row at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer, the performance of the Proton S2000 so surprising.

The new Proton Satria Neo 2000 rally car starts off as a chassis delivered to the MEM workshop. 35 meters of lightweight Chrome tubing is TIG-welded (tungsten gas) in to form a roll which doubles as a crew cell, and also provide improved torsional bodyshell Driver and co-driver seat mounts are welded to the floor and are at the rearmost mounting points to the car’s weight distribution.

The pedal box and steering column are adjustable to suit different The base Satria design for the smallest frontal area and roof height in the class.

As the road car is front wheel and the rally car is four wheel a new much larger transmission is needed. The new tunnel is made large where it joins the firewall to allow the exhaust a straight run off the cylinder head.

No components are retained in the suspension, as all members and lower control are fabricated from TIG-welded Moly tubing. MEM’s have designed the suspension a relatively conventional layout of and MacPherson strut bar, travel maximized to the extent the bump stops are the only that prevents the body hitting the ground on full travel.

This translates into an ultra-low tarmac set-up, go-kart levels of body and a long-travel gravel set-up, enables the car to soak up the biggest With various anti-roll available for both front and the suspension set-up can be easily for any rally surface or type.

are 4-piston Alcon forged front and rear, with vented discs all round for and 350-mm front discs on tarmac. The 18”x 8” wheels are for tarmac while 15”x alloys are used for gravel.

The Proton Super 2000 is based on the 1.8-litre engine to Proton’s Waja model, and it has developed by MEM’s engineers to a reliable 278 bhp@7600rpm, with a power band from to 8,500rpm. The 6-speed sequential 4WD 2000 transmission is the 532 version, by Xtrac. The fuel system a quick-change fuel control (which includes all the fuel filters and valves), attached to the FIA FT3 safety fuel cell to aid maintenance in the event of a fuel failure.

The latest technology is used in the systems with a state-of-the-art wiring system capable of the entire car’s electronics a central unit ideally in the center of the car, in-between the and co-driver. Apart from the reduction that this it is simple to operate and, automatically resetting circuit this is technology and reliability at its

Car specs

Can be configured for right-hand or drive

Front bumper to maximize aerodynamics and cooling

frontal area

Modified and rear wings to maximize

Lightweight rear spoiler for drag

Lightweight FIA-approved Moly roll cage frame chassis

Four-cylinder 2000cc S2000 engine


Lightweight steel

Billet steel crankshaft

steel flywheel



Integrated data-logging and color display

Xtrac 532 4WD Super transmission

6-speed sequential with engine cut on up-shift

slip differential

Front plated mechanical, externally

Center diff: spool

diff: plated mechanical, adjustable

Hydraulic handbrake auto-release system for rear

Bespoke WRC-style lightweight all round

Tubular fabricated and rear crossmembers

Front: wishbone and MacPherson strut

lower wishbone and MacPherson

MEM-Dynamics dampers all round

front and rear, optional available

One-piece alloy interchangeable front to rear

Proton Satria

Front: Alcon 4-piston calipers, 350mm vented (tarmac)

Front: Alcon forged calipers, 300mm discs, (gravel)

Rear: 4-piston forged calipers, vented discs, (common)

MEM box assy, adjustable for driver

Hydraulic power-assisted rack and

Adjustable steering column and height

Quick-release steering

GEMS Multiplex wiring and management system, including reset

Central multi-function key pad and integrated data-logging

Information by TV screen dashboard display

AFS FT3 safety fuel cell quick-change fuel control

FIA Staubli dry-break fill and connections

18”x8” alloy for

15”x6.5” alloy for gravel


Width 1800mm


Wheelbase 2440mm

track 1543mm

Rear 1543mm

Weight 1150kg 1200kg (gravel)

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