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17 May 2013

RX: Münnich set to drop 1.4

Category: ERC, News Posted 17.05.13 10:46 by

German Škoda Fabia Mk2 campaigner René Münnich has reconsidered his idea to use a small 1400cc engine in Super1600s to save 140kgs of weight.


After attending Round 4 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Hungaroring near Budapest the German ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Rallycross squad, represented by René Münnich and his fiancé Mandie August, made also use of the opportunity to test their Škoda Fabia Mk2 Super 1600 Rallycross cars at the Nyirádi Motorsport Centrum, prior to the Hungarian RallycrossRX round on May 25 and 26 at the same venue. “The extensive two days test was quite successful for us. Now we should be competitive in Hungary,” claimed team Principal René Münnich afterwards.

“We primarily sorted out different shock-absorber set-ups, but I’m now also at the point to swap back from the 1400 to the 1600cc motor. During testing we compared both engines and I came to this conclusion. Last year as well as during the season opener at Lydden Hill in England I’ve wrestled a lot with the useable power band of my smaller engine. The sheer power output is nothing to moan about, but for Rallycross I simply need a wider band of torque, rather than a lot of power in high revs, to have sufficient traction all the time. And enough of traction is what we’ve lacked all the time.”

“For to find this out and to become certain of the problems my mechanics made the necessary changes to fit the bigger engine into the Fabia as well as placing the required extra weight at the right places of the chassis. I think we will be more competitive from now on,” resumed the internet entrepreneur from Friedersdorf in Saxony.