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2011 Sparco Rally xD - Slip Slide And Drive

Rally racing in the bitter cold.

Peter Tarach
Jul 6, 2012

Chances are if you’re reading this, then summer is about to go into full effect, but I’m about to rewind things a bit, all the way back to the bitter-cold month of January, and lead you on a journey through one of the most grueling Rally America events, Sno*drift in Atlanta, Michigan. Best of all, you can read this story in the comfort of your own home without having to endure the Arctic-like winds, snowy whiteouts, and numbing feet or hands like I did. Yes, I’m complaining, but the agony was well worth it because it’s not often that a chance to have free reign and go behind the scenes with a rally team comes along.

Modp 1207 01+2011 sparco rally xd+windshield Photo 1/30   |   The term is referred to as “Recce” (short for reconnaissance) and cannot be done in the official rally car, so as is the case with Andrew and his co-driver, Jeremy Wimpey, a fully insured rental car is used (and abused).

Here’s a little background on the team I followed alongside. Gordon Ting, who runs a marketing company called Kontrabrands, built an ’09 Scion xD a few years ago for SEMA. It was a rally-themed build and garnered enough attention that he thought, Why not actually go rally racing with it? A year later his team had built a second Scion xD fully prepped to rip up the gravel at Rally America events. The Sparco Rally xD finished a very respectable Second Place in class (top 10 overall) at its first ever competitive rally event: the Rally America Oregon Trail event.

This season, the team is back with a fresh, new look for the xD, which is driven by multiple rally winner Andrew Comrie-Picard. The shortcomings of the boxy Scion have been remedied, and the xD is a legitimate candidate to win the 2WD class.

This is how their first event of the season went down.

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Spec Sheet
'11 Sparco Rally xD
Engine Toyota 2ZR-FE inline-four-cylinder
Engine Modifications Custom GReddy turbo kit, intercooler, and exhaust system; Bosch fuel pump; GReddy oil cooler kit
Engine Management GReddy E-manage Ultimate, Profec-B Spec-2 boost controller
Interior Custom Design Craft rollcage; Sparco Pro-ADV seats, 3-inch harnesses, and 345 steering wheel; DEFI Advance ZD and CR gauges
Exterior Five Axis front spoiler; Design craft front fenders and rear bumper; Seibon carbon hood; Custom APR rear wing; Carbon-fiber light pods with PIAA foglights
Suspension TEIN HG 2-way coilovers; TRD sway bars
Drivetrain Exedy clutch and flywheel; KAAZ 1.5-way LSD and 4.6 final drive
Wheels, Tires & Brakes Volk CE28N/TE37 Gravel wheels (f/r); BFGoodrich 185/70R15 tires; Scion tC brake conversion; Performance friction brake pads and rotors

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