Meeke to seat-share with Button in Nitro RX – DirtFish

2022-06-07 07:24:36 By : Ms. Sunson Tech

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Kris Meeke will deputize for F1 world champion Jenson Button at three NRX rounds this year

Photography by XITE Energy Racing

Five-time World Rally winner Kris Meeke will compete in Nitro Rallycross with XITE Energy Racing this season, deputizing for Jenson Button at three of the upcoming season’s 10 rounds.

Meeke, who tested Nitro RX’s FC1-X electric car at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last month and at Circuit de Calafat last week, will join Oliver Bennett’s team for his first fully-electric motorsport foray.

“I’m really excited to join XITE Energy Racing,” said Meeke. “When Oli contacted me, I was really interested in every aspect: the team, the car and the championship. When I tried the car, OK the conditions weren’t perfect and it was very wet, but you could immediately see the huge potential not only with the car, but with the whole series that Nitro Rallycross is creating.

“Rallycross is a category of motorsport that suits electrification perfectly: it’s short, sharp racing with an incredible amount of power available instantaneously. If it’s managed well, this can certainly be a bright future and it’s really nice to be part of that with Oli and the XITE Energy Racing Team.”

Meeke will fill in at the Lydden Hill curtain-raiser, as well as round two in Sweden and the seventh event in Saudi Arabia, with prior contractual obligations preventing Button from contesting the full slate of events. The 2009 Formula 1 world champion will make his debut at round three in Finland, before contesting all of the North American rounds of the 2022-23 campaign.

“I can’t do all of them because I have other engagements, which I can’t get out of, which is a shame,” Button explained to DirtFish. “But Lydden is the one I’d love to do because it’d be the easiest one for me, because I’ve driven there. It’s also in the UK, which would have been awesome, but I can’t do it. So it’s so frustrating.

“And then we go to the ones in America and they’re all on dirt. But I’m up for a challenge. And I’m just excited to see who else is racing.”

Though XITE will miss its initial star signing at three rounds, team driver-owner Bennett is hopeful that Meeke’s addition to its roster would help fine-tune its new-for-2022 FC1-X machines for its less off-road experienced driver pairing.

“Having another legend from the very top of world motorsport joining the team is really exciting,” said Bennett, who will run every round. “Kris brings a wealth of experience from his time in rallying, winning in the WRC and, of course, developing some of the world’s fastest rally cars.

“That experience will be invaluable at the first few events, he’s going to really help give Jenson and I a good car from the second or third round onwards. This year is going to be amazing!”

Tags: Jenson Button, Kris Meeke, Nitro Rallycross, Nitro Rallycross 2022

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Subaru Impreza STI Sedan & Hatchback Features

Roll Cage: Every rally car requires a welded-in safety cage. The roll cages in our cars are built in-house from scratch.

Racing Seats: Driver and co-driver need to be firmly mounted to the structure of the vehicle. The use of hinged-back seats in rally vehicles is prohibited in rally and most forms of racing.

Racing Harnesses: Safety first. A minimum of a 5-point harness is required by all American rally sanctioning bodies. The 5 points consist of 2 shoulder harness, 2 lap belts and a single anti-submarine belt (not shown).

Handbrake: Most rally cars use a hydraulic handbrake. The purpose of the handbrake maneuver is to turn a car around a very tight corner by locking up the rear wheels aiding in the rotation of the car around the corner.

Engine: Our Subaru STi’s use a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Turbo-charged Boxer engine.

Drive train: The Subaru STi is equipped with an advanced all-wheel-drive system with an active center differential.

Gravel Rally Tires: Being a rally school, we spend most of our time on gravel roads. To maximize the learning experience, we outfit all of our cars with the latest gravel rally tires for maximum traction.

Method Rally Wheels: It is very important to have a durably strong, yet lightweight rally wheel that can hold up to constant abuse, rocks, rough roads and punctures. At DirtFish, we use and trust Method Race Wheels.

Suspension: Rally is rarely on a perfectly smooth roads, because of that rally cars require suspension that can take the abuse. We choose to use Reiger rally suspension on our cars.

Brakes: Rally cars commonly use a 15″ rally wheel. In order for the wheels to fit on our Subaru STi’s, we had to convert them to a Group N brake setup.

Underbody Protection: Driving at high speeds over variable surfaces can easily damage parts. With the constant spray of gravel that gets thrown at them, skid plates and urethane underbody protection help with the longevity of the underbody of the cars.

Roll Cage: Every rally car requires a welded-in safety cage. The roll cages in our cars are built in-house from scratch.

Racing Seats: Driver and co-driver need to be firmly mounted to the structure of the vehicle. The use of hinged-back seats in rally vehicles is prohibited in rally and most forms of racing.

Racing Harnesses: Safety first. A minimum of a 5-point harness is required by all American rally sanctioning bodies. The 5 points consist of 2 shoulder harness, 2 lap belts and a single anti-submarine belt (not shown).

Handbrake: Most rally cars use a hydraulic handbrake. The purpose of the handbrake maneuver is to turn a car around a very tight corner by locking up the rear wheels to aid the rotation of the car around the corner.

Engine: The Subary BRZ is powered by a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine.

Drive train: The Subaru BRZ is rear-wheel-drive and equipped with a limited slip differential.

Gravel Rally Tires: Being a rally school, we spend most of our time on gravel roads. To maximize the learning experience, we outfit all of our cars with the latest gravel rally tires for maximum traction.

Method Rally Wheels: It is very important to have a durably strong, yet lightweight rally wheel that can hold up to constant abuse, rocks, rough roads and punctures. At DirtFish, we use and trust Method Race Wheels.

Suspension: Rally is rarely on a perfectly smooth roads, because of that rally cars require suspension that can take the abuse. We choose to use Reiger rally suspension on our cars.

Brakes: Rally cars commonly use a 15″ rally wheel. Luckily with the Subaru BRZ’s, the stock brake system is more than adequate for our programs.

Underbody Protection: Driving at high speeds over variable surfaces can easily damage parts. With the constant spray of gravel that gets thrown at them, skid plates and urethane underbody protection help with the longevity of the underbody of the cars.

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