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b0ll0x wtf ! :sadwave: on very sad weasel :(

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Subaru to withdraw from World Rally Championship
16 December 2008

Subaru has announced its decision to withdraw from the 2009 World Rally Championship.

This sudden decision was in response to the widespread economic downturn that is affecting the entire automotive industry, and follows Suzuki’s withdrawal announced yesterday.

After 20 years in the sport, during which time the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team has won six World Rally Championship titles, this is not only sad news for Subaru and the team, but also for millions of rallying fans around the world. Thanks to its highly successful World Rally Championship programme, Subaru has developed into one of the world’s most widely recognised and evocative automotive brands.

Prodrive chairman, David Richards, said: “Subaru’s departure from the World Rally Championship is a great loss as it is one of the sport’s icons. The Subaru World Rally Team has created true champions such as Colin McRae and Richard Burns and its absence will be felt by many the world over. Although this decision closes a significant chapter in Prodrive’s history, our focus now turns to the future.”

For many, Prodrive and Subaru are synonymous, given the long-standing and close association between the two companies. However, while the Subaru World Rally Team historically represented a significant part of Prodrive’s business, today it accounts for no more than 20 per cent of the company’s turnover.

Prodrive will look to redeploy as many of the rally team as possible in other areas of its business operations, which have grown to span advanced engineering and manufacturing for the automotive, defence, marine and aerospace industries, in addition to other motorsport programmes.

Despite the current economic downturn, Prodrive’s automotive engineering business remains buoyant as it works with vehicle manufacturers to accelerate the development of next generation fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative fuel technologies.

Together with Subaru, Prodrive’s commitment to its customer rally teams will also continue unabated for 2009 and beyond. Over the past 15 years, Prodrive has sold close to 500 rally cars to more than 400 private competitors and independent rally teams in 47 countries. During this time, Prodrive’s customers have won five consecutive Production World Rally Championships and countless international rallies. In 2008, Prodrive-supported customer teams have claimed eight rally championship titles around the world.

Looking ahead, 2010 will see the introduction of new World Rally Championship technical regulations, which provide Prodrive with an opportunity to prepare for re-entering the championship with a new team and build on its 24 years of World Rally Championship experience and success.


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The Adapta World Rally Team is set to continue with its plans for the 2009 World Rally Championship season, despite Subaru's announcement that it is to quit the sport.

It was announced back in September that the team would become Subaru's second manufacturer outfit for 2009, taking part in the ten European events with an option to add Argentina and Australia to its schedule.

Double Norwegian Rally Champion Mads Ostberg was confirmed as one of the drivers for the team with the second driver still to be finalised.

Subaru's announcement this morning [Tuesday] of its immediate withdrawal from the WRC immediately led to question marks over whether or not the Adapta programme would continue.

However, a spokesman from Prodrive – the team behind the Subaru WRC programme – told Crash.net that the Adapta entry would still happen in 2009 with the team committed to running in the series.

“Adapta have confirmed to us their commitment to next season with an Impreza WRC2008,” he said.

With Subaru's withdrawal, it remains to be seen whether the entry will now be for just a single car or if the team will push ahead with plans for a second driver.


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I bet this is Toyota's doing :mad:
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David Richards, the chairman of Prodrive, says there was no warning given that Subaru was planning to pull the plug on its World Rally Championship programme.

The Japanese manufacturer revealed yesterday [Tuesday] that it was quitting the sport with immediate effect, following in the footsteps of Suzuki which announced its departure 24 hours earlier.

The fact that paperwork for the 2009 entry is believed to have been lodged with the FIA is an indication of how quickly things turned sour for Subaru, a brand that has become synonymous with rallying, and Richards admitted that it had come as a shock to be told the programme was ending.

“We had no warning,” he told Britain's Times newspaper. “But what can we do? This is the credit crunch again and it seems Subaru felt exposed after Honda left Formula One and could not justify having a world rally team.

“The pressure for car companies to cut all discretionary spending must be immense, but there is now a danger that companies are throwing the baby out with the bath water. Subaru have forgotten how their brand image was built.”


Despite the decision taken by Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer is set to be represented in 2009 with the Adapta team having announced that it will continue with plans to run an Impreza WRC2008 next year.

Indeed, Subaru themselves have refused to rule out the possibility of a return to the WRC in future although FHI president Ikuo Mori warned people not to assume that it would happen further down the line.

“We have achieved our initial objective to improve the brand recognition,” he told a Tokyo press conference. “Given the unprecedented economic situation deterioration, it was necessary to review our investments. These are the main reasons.

“Reaching the decision has been an extremely difficult task, not least because of the countless Subaru fans that have supported our cars for so many years. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for our fans' strong and loyal support worldwide. They will remain an invaluable treasure for us."


David Richards admits he was as shocked as anyone when Subaru elected to quit the WRC, although manufacturer refuses to rule out return.

“If we can be allowed, we want to continue - especially for the fans. The possibility of a Subaru car back in the top category of WRC in the future is not zero, however for this moment there can be no assumption of a comeback."


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well thats it. Time to buy an evo. But seriously I'm very disappointed in subaru. I also can't help but feel this is the fault of the teams as well. Atkinson and Solberg havn't been getting 1 & 2 place finishes. Its more live 4th or 5th or worse. I can't help but feel if they would have been getting podiums spots this year FHI's decision would have been different. or not. Ah well new favorite team FORD!!!!!! Go FORD!!!!! WHOOO HOOO.
 
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