Well, honestly, who thought it was a good idea for one company to be funding not just the biggest budget team in the WRC, but BOTH of them?? Last I heard, PSA spent in the region of $150 million on rallying.
I guess it would have made too much sense if they phased Peugeot out in favor of Citroen, or just stuck with Peugeot in the first place. Max is just the straw that broke the camel's back.
>Well, honestly, who thought it was a good idea for one
>company to be funding not just the biggest budget team in
>the WRC, but BOTH of them?? Last I heard, PSA spent in the
>region of $150 million on rallying.
Exactly, the only way for them to win is to spend at an unsustainable level. Thus they have two choices: spend less and lose, or quit. People love to pick on Prodrive (especially their part prices), but they've managed to consistantly turn in top results on a fairly average (by wrc standards) budget. M-sport is getting there as well. The French need to turn down their noses and take a look over the channel.
I wonder if this is a bluff to get the attention of Max and the others in management. If they threaten to leave, they could get more say in the upcoming rules adjustments. I dont see any other good reason for this news.
Careful about saying the citron uses ACTIVE sway bars..... They are according to them and the company that developed them passive in every sence of the word. there is a good article about it in Race Car Engineering Magazine. and here is the website. it uses no controll system to controll the action or reaction of the swaybars so it is passive. but none the less peugot did have a system first but as far as the article says the peugot system did not work as well as the citron did. but since I don't know any one at peugot i don't know that for sure.
Hows this going to effect the WRC though? I mean mitsu and skoda are barely contending the 2005 season and if they dont continue for 2006 that will leave us with a two horse race. That doesnt sound very appealing for ratings and the general popularity of the WRC. Eek!
Professional rallying, like all professional racing, is marketing. The budgets required to be competitive in WRC versus the number of buying eyes and opportunities to sell a message is a poor tradeoff compared to other forms of motorsport and other forms of advertising.
This is not to say that a business plan cannot be put in place to make rallying a viable, profitable advertising choice, but not in WRC's current form at the required spending levels.