WRC » Prodrive commemorates 30 years of success


Starting with just enough employees to surround one lunch table, Prodrive has gone on to reach unimaginable heights in the space of three decades.

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DafyddLarcombe

January 29, 2014 3:57 PM
Last Edited 298 days ago

That wasn't really the Manufacturers fault, Prodrive had a Deal in that Mini would cough up the Dosh for all the development of the car and Prodrive would find a Sponsor to cover the cost of Running the cars in the WRC.

Well Mini did their bit and sadly for Prodrive No Sponsor was found so the programme kind of ground to a halt. Prodrive were quite clever though and they hold the rights to the design and Homologation so no one else can claim the Mini as theirs but Prodrive.

Its a bit of a Stalemate. I would suggest that other Manufacturers have noted this for future reference.

DafyddLarcombe

January 29, 2014 4:07 PM
Last Edited 298 days ago

In all honesty David Richards went way down in my estimations at the end of Rally Catalunya back in1995 when he wanted Carlos to win Rally Spain in the hope that the Spaniard would stay with the Team for 1996.

But all that happened is a certain Frustrated Colin McRae had to accept 2nd place or be fired and had to go to the R.A.C Rally level on points with Carlos where he duly treated the Spaniard a lesson in the Art of Sweet Revenge. Carlos was so frustrated at the end of the Rally that he vowed never to Return and signed with Ford for 1996 taking his personal sponsor Repsol with him as the new Teams Primary Backer.

But up until then Colin and Prodrive seemed to be unstoppable and had some really good times in both the WRC and the BRC with the Good old Legacy RS.

Taz

January 29, 2014 8:33 PM
Last Edited 298 days ago

@Dafydd

Nice summary mate.

Myself and my brothers were there to witness the lesson, Hafrin forest in the dark was simply epic, Colin was a gear higher through the bend we were at (well up the mountain).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAaDxUL"underscore"cCY

That 911 was lovely, Henri Toivonen was great in it.

ALangheck

February 02, 2014 7:11 PM

The BMW-MINI episode was a disaster, as was the AMR-One LMP1 car......

Saying that, they are doing well with the GTE-Pro/Am AstonMartins in the WEC.

I wonder if they'll ever return to top class Rallying? Which Manufacturer will take a chance with them? I would think none of the established ones would.

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