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Baja Spain Aragon 2009 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Bajas)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Baja Spain Aragon 2009, third round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Bajas. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Baja Spain: Tests, upgrades and adjustments at G-Force.

Preparations to the Spanish Baja started just after the previous round - Italian Baja - had concluded. Having won the Italian competition, the team started off the next step in modifying the G-Force Proto car which they first tested on an event in Portugal.

Portugal is all but the best field for testing new engineering decisions and updates, a lot of which have been introduced recently: the car was shortened, the steering changes, a new controlled sway bar installed. That's the main, but not everything which was made ahead of a round of the World Cup to be used for tests. And then did start adventures, fortunately not connected directly to the modified car.

First one of the team's chief mechanics was refused in issuing shengen visa, then difficulties continued at the customs. It resulted in leaving the service truck at home and driving 4.5 thousand kilometers by two crossovers (with a trailer) in two and a half days. All that was described in the news from the Portuguese race. However, tests themselves proved to be very successful. Our crews didn't have to fight for a high result and hence could concentrate on solving the team's main aim - preparation to the Spanish Baja.

Following the return from Portugal the car was significantly revamped, brake system modified, fuel system updated and air conditioning and cooling system improved. At the tests which have been run recently in the suburbs of Saint-Petersburg, the car showed an improved performance. New settings for Donerre shock absorbers were tried as well as the brake balance adjusted. The new engine mapping programme allowed to increase acceleration, which is an important factor in corner exits. Now G-Force Proto reaches the 100 km\h mark in 5.3 seconds and there's still some room for further improvement. Overall, the huge work on the car hasn't gone in vain, and Boris Gadasin is satisfied with its characteristics, though claims there's still more work to do:

«We look forward to racing in Spain, where we want to check how good our improvements are. It's clear now that we're moving in the right direction however there's still more to do. Factory teams spend years on development of their vehicles before they start winning. We were lucky to see our car victorious already in its first race of the season. Now it's important to make sure we can fight against works crews. The world's best drivers and cars will be our rivals at the race in Spain, and we look forward to starting it...»
Just a few days left until the start of the Spanish Baja.

2009/07/23 | 22:12 CET | Editor: MR/Igor Chervonny/R. Konya

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