The Frenchman has travelled to M-Sport’s UK base this week to lend his help to the employees as they work on increase a brand new Puma from scratch in time to compete on the snow of Rally Sweden on the finish of the month.
Fourmaux and co-driver Alexandre Coria are fortunate to emerge unharmed after a frightening crash in last month’s WRC opener in Monte Carlo.
The 26-year-old misjudged a left hander, ploughing straight right into a mountainside, ensuing within the Puma being catapulted over the armco limitations and right into a ravine, destroying the automobile within the course of.
Whereas the automobile was retrieved, it was deemed faster to construct up fully new chassis to compete in Sweden (24-27 February), with Fourmaux electing to make the journey to the UK to assist the mechanics full the construct. The transmission and engine will carry over from the automobile that was concerned within the accident in Monte Carlo.
“It was vital for me to return and provides some help and assist to the blokes and present that I’m not solely there on the rallies, and that we work as a staff,” Fourmaux instructed Autosport.
“They’ve accomplished a whole lot of work to construct 4 vehicles over Christmas time, so it was actually disappointing for me and for them to destroy the automobile so I needed to assist.
“I’ve been working to rebuild the hybrid unit and the cooling stuff and I’m rebuilding all of the cross members and suspension arms on the vehicles. I’ve been working within the engine bay too, so it’s attention-grabbing for me additionally.
“I do know a bit extra in regards to the automobile, so I’ve a greater understanding.
“I take pleasure in spending time with the blokes. For positive it isn’t a pleasant second in my profession however a minimum of it’s good to spend time with them and perceive the automobile.”
M-Sport lead Puma growth engineer Tim Jackson stated the comparatively brief timeframe between Monte Carlo and Sweden resulted within the staff selecting to construct up a brand new automobile.
“It was fairly dangerous and that chassis [in Monte Carlo] gained’t be utilized in Sweden because the turnaround has been too tight in an effort to do this,” he added.
“We had a spare chassis the blokes have been constructing anyway so it was simply the time economics of what was going to be the quickest approach to get a brand new one constructed and so utilizing a shell we already in anticipation was the best way.
“There have been just a few massive crashes in testing and for all of the producers it [the new spaceframe chassis] has carried out fairly effectively so it wasn’t a shock. It’s good to know that this continues to be the case.”
The staff presently lead the producers’ standings following Sebastien Loeb’s win in Monte Carlo. Breen accomplished the rostrum in third forward of Greensmith in fifth.