Poland’s favourite historic rally squad,
the NAC Rally team, have shared pictures of their Mercedes 350
SLC Safari Rally challenger heading for Kenya.
Replacing the 450
SLC (below) driven by Pawel Molgo and Piotr Domownik on the 2015
Safari Classic, the 350 comes with one important advantage for
rallying over its big brother: a manual transmission.
“We have remained
true to the Mercedes brand, which has had many successes in
marathon rallies,” says Pawel.
“However, we felt
that the manual transmission was more suited to us, and since
the cars participating in the competition had to comply with FIA
homologation, we were forced to downsize our engine to go to a
engine is not a big issue. The 350’s V8 has similar power to its
predecessor and, of course, the engine has been carefully
stripped and rebuilt, with spec including forged pistons.
“We have carried
over the suspension and roll cage from the previous car and also
lost quite a lot of weight, including removing the superfluous
air conditioning from 2015. We improved the cabin, and we enjoy
the ower weight of the car!
‘Although Piotr and
I are born off-roaders, the difficulties we experienced in the
previous edition of the East African Safari Classic Rally really
surprised us,” notes the NAC rally team leader.
“The rally was as
demanding as the most famous cross-country marathons, and our
car was perhaps not best suited to the difficulties.
I am sure we are now
much better prepared and the equipment will not disappoint us.
Our goal for the 2017 Safari Classic Rally is to vanquish the
disappointments of our last attempt and to finish as high as
possible in the final classification.”