Msport mechanics achieve the impossible

Mechanics and technicians from Cumbria have achieved the impossible- by rebuilding a rally car in just three hours after it was submerged underwater for half a day. Msport driver Ott Tanak crashed on Rally Mexico, plunging down a revine into a lake. Both himself and his co-driver managed to free themselves and swim to safety.

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"This is something we have never seen before"- driver reflects on MSport miracle rebuild

"This is something that we have never seen before. The car has been gone all day, submerged at the bottom of a lake, full of water, and the team had to do a full rebuild in just three hours!

"It was a crazy challenge, but I knew the M-Sport guys would be up for it. I have massive respect for my team. This was a huge task to do, but they have worked as hard as they always do and I am so grateful to each and every one of them.

"To get back out on the stages tomorrow is very important for me and Raigo. We need to rebuild our confidence and get back behind the wheel, and my team have made that happen this evening."

– Ott Tanak, MSport rally driver


WATCH: Moments from disaster... terrifying in-car camera crash footage

This terrifying footage was recovered from MSport driver Ott Tanak's in-car camera. It documents the moment the driver crashed down a revine and into a lake during Rally Mexico.

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

Both Ott Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder managed to swim to safety.

MSport boss Malcolm Wilson praised his Cumbrian team's "phenomenal" effort after the mechanics rebuilt the car in just three hours- despite it being submerged for ten hours.

WATCH: MSport crew escape terrifying crash

This was the moment when Msport team Ott Tanak and Raigo Molder suffered a terrifying crash down a revine, into a lake, on Rally Mexico:

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

Both the driver and co-driver managed to free themselves from their harnesses before swimming to safety.

The car was submerged under water for ten hours, however the Cumbrian mechanics managed to rebuild the car in just three hours and the team were able to continue rallying.

Malcolm Wilson praises "phenomenal" effort

"After what happened to Ott and Raigo, it was just a huge relief for the entire team to see that they were both okay. For me, it was important to get them back out on the stages and that was exactly what they wanted to do. There was no deliberation, and that shows a real determination.

"The job that our technicians did to get the car fixed was nothing short of phenomenal. There were a lot of people in the service park who didn't think it could be done, but I knew that they would be more than worthy of the challenge.

"They are a true credit to this team and I am sure that their loyalty and respect for Ott and Raigo also spurred them on – the crew staying by their side until the work was complete."

– Malcolm Wilson, Msport

Cumbrian mechanics perform "miracle" in Mexico

Credit: WRC

A group of mechanics and technicians from Cumbrian have performed what's being described as a "miracle" on Rally Mexico.

MSport driver Ott Tanak suffered a spectacular crash, rolling down a revine into a lake on the opening day of the rally.

Both himself and his co-driver Raigo Mõlder managed to free themselves from their safety harnesses and swim to the edge before the car was dragged under water.

Credit: WRC

Despite the Ford Fiesta being submerged in the water for ten hours, the Msport mechanics managed to rebuild the whole car in just three hours.

The team worked through the night, with Tanak and Molder watching on. They had to replace or repair the gearbox, fuel tank, turbo, cooling package, boost control valves, electronic components, brake components, front and rear suspension and engine block.

With just minutes to spare, the engine was started and the car was able to be driven into service.

The crew returned to the rally to compete on day two.

Credit: WRC


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