A little video put together by world champion rally driver Sebastien loeb!
As per an article we read over on WRC forums
“The German squad will be the first manufacturer to test a car featuring the exciting new-generation rules, the outline principles for which were given the green light by the FIA last month.
Double world champion Marcus Grönholm will drive the car when testing starts. It is believed that up to two weeks’ work is planned before the end of the year, with the Finn responsible for most of that.
Neither Grönholm nor Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito would comment on the plans, but it is believed the test car will be a modified 2015 Polo R WRC, fitted with bodywork complying with the 2017 rules.
It is understood it could be the second quarter of next year before Volkswagen is ready to test a full 2017-specification car.
Grönholm, who inked a deal to join Volkswagen 12 months ago as a test driver, will be involved in the development of the new car both this year and in 2016.”
You can read more about it in the link below..
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The Granite City Rally grew from a small, local navigational event, to become a fully fledged forest rally in 1968, when it was won in a Ford Anglia.the rally has since gone on to become one of the UK’s best known events, forming part of the country’s top rally championships and attracting many leading drivers and teams over the years.
Building a reputation for a challenging day’s rallying and a welcoming atmosphere, the Granite City Rally has a particularly strong heritage behind it.
Running through prime North east forest tracks, the rally benefits from a team of experienced organisers who pull the event together supported by a band of dedicated support personnel and the backing of many local and national businesses.
In 1986 Jack Davidson wrote a comprehensive history of the event up to that date, follow the link to see the view from two decades ago!
In 1990, the innovative step was taken to start the event with a ‘spectator special’ tarmac stage at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. Going one better in 1997 the event again started there somewhat innovatively, at night with a floodlit spectator stage, watched by a crowd of thousands – a feat which was repeated in 1998 and 99.
A change in the preference of competitors and a re-arrangement of National and Scottish championships meant that the rally was downsized in 2002. Re-formatted and run as cost effectively as possible, the compact, Fordoun-based event was well received and following observation by Championship Officials was re-instated to the then New Pig Scottish Rally Championship for 2003.
In 2004 a new sponsor was on board for the Championship in the form of County Saab. the Granite City Rally was also sporting a new sponsor in MultiWage an international company providing Payroll Management Services, who continue with us this year.