JRD Rallysport USA Takes  Overall Victory at Latest  Round of the Rally­ America Championship

JRD Rallysport USA Takes Overall Victory at Latest Round of the Rally­ America Championship

JRD Rallysport USA has achieved what few other US-based rally car constructors have accomplished, an overall victory at a Rally­ America Championship event. Veteran driver Seamus Burke piloted the JRD prepared Mitsubishi Evo IX to the partnership's inaugural overall victory, 15 years after Burke won this event back in 2001. The win was Burke and navigator Martin Brady's third straight class-win in the National Limited Open class where they remain current championship leaders. 

Overall championship leader, Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins, found trouble early on day two while leading when their Open Class 2016 Subaru STi impacted a rock. The resulting suspension failure caused their first DNF of the season. With the retirement of Higgins, Burke took control of the remaining 60 miles of stages and managed to avoid any late dramas to bring home the win for JRD. "This event is always tough", said Burke. "The rough logging roads mixed with summer heat always cause issues for teams. The guys at JRD do an amazing job preparing the car for each event and this has been the huge catalyst for our recent success and podium results." 

With this victory, JRD Rallysport USA has joined an elite list of US based teams that have achieved an overall victory in this hotly contested championship. "I am so proud and happy for Seamus and the rest of the team" said Team Director Johan Ragnarsson. "We came to Maine in hopes of keeping our National Limited Open Class winning streak alive but didn't expect to be leaving with the overall victory. The past decade of the US Rally scene has been dominated by the large factory efforts of Subaru, Ford, and Mitsubishi and I am extremely thankful to my crew at JRD and all our partners who help us compete at the top end of the field." 

JRD Introduces New Modular Rally and Rallycross Platform

JRD Introduces New Modular Rally and Rallycross Platform

Atlanta, GA based JRD Tuning is set to debut the first of their new modular type rally chassis at this week’s New England Forest Rally. Designed and constructed in-house with the support of its sister companies within the Panoz organization, this new modular design can be incorporated into any B & C class automobile. Boasting over 12.5 inches (320mm) of wheel travel in all four corners, the new platform will come in various Rally, Rallycross, and R5 configurations. 

JRD has put emphasis on performance, durability, serviceability, and cost-effective maintenance schedules for their new chassis. After years of development with the guidance of one of Europe’s leading Rally/Rallycross chassis manufacturers, JRD/Panoz used their latest in house 3D CAD and suspension analysis software to create what they see as the future generation of rally cars. 

JRD is currently putting this new car design through a rigorous testing phase in the hands of experienced Swedish rally and Michelin test driver, Robin Sandberg. This first rally car, based on a Mistubishi Evo, will be introduced and driven by the 2013 NASA Rally Champion, Chinese rally driver Tingwu Song. 

"We have worked very hard to find the perfect suspension geometry for the JRD chassis while still trying to utilize many off-the-shelf parts to keep operating costs down" says Johan Ragnarsson, President of JRD. 

Robin Sandberg was full of praise after the initial tests in Georgia; “This new car is extremely easy to drive and very agile, definitely one of the fastest cars I have ever driven. The crew at JRD have performed an amazing job, this car has enormous potential" 

Tingwu Song said; "I can't wait to start racing this new car. It has been so much fun to see the car evolve from concept, to CAD and computer simulations, and from there to this state-of-the-art, modern rally machine. 

The chassis will be available globally in rally or rallycross configuration as a rolling chassis or as a complete race-ready vehicle. The performance of the new platform has already gained interest internationally, and rally cars based on the JRD chassis are expected to be seen in various championships across the US, China, and South America in the coming year.