The speed of a current World Rally Championship car on a real, paved road (as we saw at this weekend’s Rally Germany) is staggering. Humbling, maybe, is a better word.
What’s the difference between a professional drift Scion FR-S and a professional rally Subaru BRZ? It’s simple: one does jumps!
For years, Americans driving Subarus very quickly in the woods have had to go through the for-profit Rally America organization. As of today, the country’s top events have broken off and formed their own non-profit American Rally Association. Here’s how it all works.
Dan Downey’s truck and trailer burned down on the way to the New England Forest Rally this weekend. Did that stop him from entering the race? Hell no!
Forget Subarus—this is the kind of vehicle you need for a good rally. A ‘66 Ford pickup.
This is Stéphane Lefebvre at WRC’s Rally Poland. You might think that his car was done for the day. This was not the case.
This is the most impossibly perfect comparison of how different rally cars behave around a corner I have ever seen. And I do mean impossible.
Autodromo just came out with an updated version of their Group B watch and, like the cars it uses for inspiration, they’ve called it the Evoluzione. Naturally, they got a Group B rally car along for the promo work.
There’s only one catch: it’s in Italian.
Simply put, you will not believe that the drivers in this video survived the crash that they show to you.
Ok, so he drove off the side of a mountain. That doesn’t mean he crashed.
I met him on a short hill overlooking the road, some macho Welsh local covered in rain and dirt, pulling a beer from his poncho and waiting for the next car to wail past. I asked him why he had trekked into the woods, soaked through his boots, standing for hours on the side of a road, just to get sprayed with rocks…
I remember him sitting up on the deck of the supply truck, smoking and watching the rest of the X-Raid crew work on the two Dakar-winning Minis assembled out here in the dunes outside Dubai.
Thankfully, driver Piotr Fetela and co-driver Dominik Jozwiak escaped this wreck at the famous cattle grid jump at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood this weekend without any serious injuries.
Ever since the Audi TT got a dual-clutch transmission back in 2003, these are-they-manuals-or-nah gearboxes have become the hot new thing in the high-performance car world. But Audi first tried out a double-clutch more than 30 years ago, in the fearsome Sport Quattro S1 rally car.
The cow seemed largely nonplussed.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the very pinnacle of driving would be a box-on-wheels old Volvo on a patch of dirt and ice in rural New Hampshire. But I don’t need life to make sense.
Fiat claims it will race this 300 horsepower, rear-drive Abarth 124 hardtop in 2017. Don’t you dare lie to me, Fiat. This car is too good and my heart is too tender.
Kiwi Hayden Paddon is a rising star in the top level of real-cars-on-real-roads motorsport, the World Rally Championship. And he has some surprisingly good advice on what to look for when you buy your first car.