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Monday, November 1, 2010

Ixo Seat Cordova WRC Safari Rally 2000 D. Auriol / D. Giraudet 1:43 scale

An Ixo Seat Cordova WRC Safari Rally 2000, driven by D. Auriol/ D. Giraudet, in 143 scale. One of my favorite colors in diecast is yellow.

From the Net:
The SEAT Córdoba is the saloon, estate and coupé version of the supermini SEAT
Ibiza, built by Spanish automaker SEAT since 1993. SEAT's official rally car
from 1998 to 2000 was based on the Córdoba (the SEAT Córdoba WRC), and featured
a 2.0L turbocharged engine.
The first generation SEAT Córdoba was launched in the summer of 1993, penned by
Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and based on the chassis of the SEAT Ibiza
Mk2 which would spawn the Volkswagen Polo Mk3 the following year. In 1996 the
Córdoba range was extended to an estate (Córdoba Vario) and a coupé (Córdoba
Its 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines were also found in the Volkswagen
Polo and Ibiza, as was the 1.9 TDI.
Though based on the Polo and Ibiza, its extended rear overhang meant its length
was close to a Golf but still smaller than the Jetta.
SEAT homologated a World Rally Car version of the Córdoba 16v for competition in
the FIA World Rally Championship and other international rallies. 1994 World
Drivers' Champion Didier Auriol, of France, and Toni Gardemeister and Harri
Rovanpera, both of Finland, were among those to pilot the factory cars. Debuting
at the 1998 Rally Finland with Rovanpera, and with podiums achieved at the 1999
Rally New Zealand (Gardemeister), the 1999 Rally of Great Britain (Rovanpera) as
well as the 2000 Safari Rally (Auriol), the works programme concluded at the end
of the 2000 season.

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