The first thing that you discover when you do a rally is that it’s just about the most fun you can have in a car. The second thing you discover is it is a humongous amount of work to even begin to run an event.
Watching rally cars is fun. Watching rally cars while crouched inches away from them as they drive at highway speeds, with your back pressed against a no-escape rock wall? Less fun.
Former F1 and current WRC driver Robert Kubica crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rally today with this agonizingly slow crash. Watch how quickly his day gets ruined on a patch of icy road.
Racing in rallying means dealing with shit that any sane driver would avoid: jumps, stumps, rocks, ruts, all taken flat out. Over the years, rally suspension has grown to be about the best suspension in racing, and here’s a video explaining how it all works.
Sebastien Loeb will return to the World Rally Championship as an owner next year as Autosport reports, running a team in the Junior WRC for 2016. He may have been dumped by Citroën, but that doesn’t he can’t run his own chevron-badged car if he wants to.
[When Citroën got Lotus to turn their Visa hatchback into a top-level rally car, did Lotus move the Visa’s front engine to the rear, as was standard for the WRC monsters of the day? No! They just stuck a Visa body on a Lotus Esprit chassis. Read more about this cancelled program at Weird Cars. Photo: Citroën, or maybe…
How much would you pay for a nearly 40-year-old car with less than 200 horsepower? Why not half a million bucks?
Forget the WRC. This is how a real rally driver drives: flat out and then some.
Remember the amazing international rally program of, uh, Proton?
[Fans cluster around a pair of Escort Cosworths getting serviced in the Ford pits at the 1993 Monte Carlo Rally Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Modern WRC cars might not have the horsepower of their Group B grandfathers, but they are still hugely quick thanks to advances in their tires, suspension, and (as you can see here) all-wheel drive.
Small-time rallies and hillclimbs happen all the time, all around the world. Here are some of the most intense moments culled from the gazillions of megabytes of onboard video out there.
Flat out, all the time, everywhere: I will never stop loving the Fiat 126.
What is it about this one corner in Poland that makes seemingly every single rally driver in the entire world crash there?
[If a Subaru and an Evo can get along, so can we all. Photo Credit: Getty Images, Juha Kankkunen in the Subaru and Tommi Makkinen in the Mitsubishi at the 2000 Rally Sweden pictured.]
The only problem with Group B rally cars (other than the whole ‘they killed a lot of people’ part) was that rallying never gave them the opportunity to race wheel to wheel. Then came rallycross.
There are many sensible reasons why the Hyundais with which you share the roads don’t shoot flames. That’s all well and good. But they should shoot flames anyway.
This is no ordinary Ford econobox. And it’s no ordinary rally driver behind the wheel, either.
Word to the wise: don’t stand in front of a rally jump.