Do you remember the Proton Iriz R5 (now Rally2) rally car? Well, it’s about to give birth to a rallycross variant in the form of the Iriz RX, which is being developed in collaboration between Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM) and Tony Bardy Motorsport. The car will be driven by the RX Racing team, owned by 2007 British rallycross driver and champion Ollie O’Donovan.
Announced in late 2020, the car was slated to compete in a number of World, European and British Rallycross Championship events last year, but has yet to be seen, along with a Ford Fiesta ST from long time taking its place. However, a teaser released by the team suggests the Iriz will finally debut this year.
You might be forgiven for thinking that the only photo shows the front grille, but it’s actually the rear hatch. The large holes cut in them function as vents for the rear-mounted radiator commonly used in rallycross – the repositioning helps improve weight distribution and prevent crash damage that often occurs during races while racing. – door-to-door field.
Technical details have not been released, but the Iriz RX will be built to Supercar regulations, so expect the small Malaysian hatchback to produce a monstrous 600bhp and 840Nm of torque on all four wheels. The car is expected to be powered by Mitsubishi’s 4B11 turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Proton Inspira’s R5, presumably sleeveless to increase displacement from 1.6 liters to 2.0 liters.
This will mean, however, that the Iriz RX will no longer be eligible for the World Rallycross Championship, with the latter switching to an all-electric formula for 2022.
GALLERY: Replica of Proton Iriz R5