World Rallycross Championship (WRX)
Discover below the video presenting the partnership with Peugeot Sport in World Rallycross Championship as well as the technical support with Total lubricants products on such a demanding competition
World RX is the FIA’s newest World Championship launched in 2014. Rallycross races are held on approximately 1 km race circuits. The tracks are technically very challenging with spectacular corners and consist of constantly changing surfaces due to the mixture of asphalt and gravel. Even with the demanding nature of the courses, the average track speed is approximately 100 km/h!
The races are based on four qualifying heats, two semi-finals and a final with five to six cars competing head-to-head. The Supercar category is based on the standard production car. Compared to WRC, the Rallycross regulations offer more freedom to allow teams to build an even more specialised race car using an even wider range of engineering solutions.
Power, traction and acceleration speed are the key elements of Rallycross.The Championship is made up of 12 rounds: Portugal, Great Britain, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Argentina. The event included the six permanent two-car FIA World Rallycross Championships teams, as well as some of the individual Supercar entries.
TOTAL is partnering Team Peugeot Hansen and the reigning champion Petter Solberg.
2-Team PEUGEOT HANSEN
TOTAL is proud be one of the main partners of the Team Peugeot-Hansen with Peugeot Sport. After an exhilarating inaugural year, enjoyed by a total crowd of 250,000 spectators, Team Peugeot-Hansen has set its sights higher still for its second world rallycross campaign. Timmy Hansen has been joined by new recruit and French driver Davy Jeanney to drive the team’s latest-spec Peugeot 208 WRXs.
With competitive action due to kick off very soon, the 550 horsepower produced by the wilder-than-ever Peugeot 208 WRXs are about to be unleashed as the World Rallycross Championship reconvenes for a second season! Since the five podium finishes it notched up towards the end of 2014, and its assertive victory at Franciacorta, Italy, the car has been made even more potent as it prepares to engage with its carefully-honed rivals. The list of improvements that have been made to the Peugeot 208 WRX, which extend from the chassis to the engine, is sufficiently extensive for the 2015-spec version to be considered as a fresh challenger.
As in 2014, the cars will be run by the outfit of Swedish rallycross legend Kenneth Hansen. One of the two Peugeot 208 WRXs will be in the hands of Timmy Hansen, 22, who remains with the team for a second term. For 2015, the battle-hardened Swede will have a new team-mate in the person of Davy Jeanney, 28, the 2013 European vice-champion. Paired with Timmy, who has already tasted WRX victory and who has title-winning potential, the Frenchman could well spring some surprises and is targeting valuable championship points. Team Peugeot Hansen’s two spearheads are equally determined to take full advantage of the latest-spec Peugeot 208 WRX’s power to defend the colours of the programme’s partners Red Bull and Total.
WRX events are very very short very hard fighting, it’s impossible to get anything boring, I’s close contacts, jumping, 6 cars heading to the corners at the same time, it’s the perfect motorsports.
The car is purely power and we have no electric systems to help us so going from gravel to tarmac wet and dry in different conditions it’s always full power and we always have to control this pace , It’s really aggressive to drive . Total and Peugeot have been working together for 20 years through WRC, Le Mans, Dakar and also Rallycross so we really benefit from this long cooperation
The hardest thing is to manage starts, because it’s a big part of the race. We must also manage pack race, it’s quite complicated sometimes because some circuits increase contacts. In general we like Rallycross because of this phenomenon of contact between drivers. A rallycross SuperCar is about between 550 and 600 horsepower and it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 2 seconds.
Peugeot and Total are really connected. When we have a car like this that you take the maximum out of the engine you work so much with the chassis with the transmission, you need a lubricant that works well, I mean if you don’t have that , you won’t have the reliability. We can trust TOTAL products.
Discover in the video below the drivers Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen presenting their racing car, the Peugeot 208 WRX for World Rallycross Championship
The former 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will remain forever the first FIA WRX World Champion! TOTAL, thanks to the TOTAL Nordic affiliate is also a partner of reigning World Champion for 2015.