Rally Co-Driving with the Scion Rally Team in the 2013 Scion xD

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The J-Turn: Episode 10

On this episode of The J-Turn, I find out what it takes to be a rally co-driver.  With the help of Scion Racing Rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and his co-driver Jeremy Wimpey, I learn the basics of recce, how to write pace-notes, and how and when to call them.  Quickly, it’s obvious that being a good co-driver means being many things at once– a navigator, a rule-enforcer, a time-keeper, and a pace notes reader, to name a few, and is one of the most demanding roles a racer can play.

To show me the ropes, the team uses Scion’s new xD rally car, which debuted earlier this year at the Sno*Drift Rally on January 25th.  Powered by a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE that’s fed by a GReddy turbo, the xD has received several upgrades this year including a boost in horsepower, a dog engagement transmission, a new suspension, and better weight distribution.

Vehicle Make:  Scion
Vehicle Model: xD
Model Year:      2013
Series:               Rally America
Engine:              1.8L 2ZR-FE, GReddy Turbo
Horsepower:     265 HP
Torque:              265 ft-lbs
Weight:              2,455 lbs
Transmission:  5 Speed Syncro
Drivetrain:         FWD
Tires:                 BFGoodrich G-force (195x70x15)
Wheels:            Rays TE37
Brakes:             Brembo
Suspension:    Tein Coilovers
Body:                Five Axis
0-60 mph:        4.3 sec (est.)
1/4 mile:           13.4 @ 110 MPH (est.)

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