Showing posts in the category of WRC

Hyundai Shows All-New i20 Racer Ready for WRC Duty


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This is the first photo of the all-new Hyundai i20 in WRC form, taken last month during the car’s first shakedown.

Toyota Yaris is No Scary Car, but WRC Variant Perception-Changing


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There really is nothing wrong with taking what is (let’s face it) one of the most boring superminis on the market, the Toyota Yaris, and turning it into a crazy WRC-ready rally machine. In fact, it’s a welcome image change for a car otherwise associated exclusively with going to the shop and almost always bought by women.

Man Mimics Engine Sounds, Impresses VW's WRC Rally Drivers


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The man you’ll see and especially hear in the following video is probably the world’s best engine sound impressionist.

Toyota Debuts GT86 CS-R3 Customer Rally Car at ADAC Rallye Deutschland


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Toyota’s new GT-86 CS-R3 rally car will enter its first event in August at the ninth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

This is The First Purpose-Built Porsche 911 Rally Car


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With a motorsport history that arguably shames any other car manufacturer on the planet when it comes to the number of overall race wins, Porsche has been present over the years in just about any type of racing there is, including some fields which normally wouldn't be exactly appropriate for a sports car manufacturer.

Citroen Rally Car Hits a Wall Full of Spectators in Poland


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Whoever said that being a spectator at a rally is a risk-free pastime, clearly hasn't attended a race in person or even watched one on television or the web.

You Can Almost Feel Their Pain: Violent Renault Clio Rally Crash


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Even on the tarmac, at the speeds competition cars are flying by, any mishap can be life threatening, so thank the racing gods for roll cages, molded bucket seats with multi-point harnesses and safety helmets.

WRC Driver Finds Special Way to Thank Spectators for Getting Him out of a Ditch…


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Czech privateer rally driver Martin Prokop had a tricky moment during the first day of the 2014 Rally Sweden (February 5-8) when he lost control of his Ford Fiesta and got stuck in a ditch.

Citroen Celebrates…Previous WRC Titles with DS3 Racing Mat Gold Special in Japan


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There's nothing like a WRC manufacturer's or driver's title to add some mojo to a car brand's lineup and marketing efforts, and Citroen has plenty of them – eight and nine titles respectively. However, in 2013, it was VW and French driver Sébastien Ogier who nabbed the title, so what gives with Citroen's special edition DS3 Racing for Japan?

Take a Photo Walk Through the Madrid Motor Days Show


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Just because you may have not heard about the Madrid Motor Days show in Spain's capital city, doesn't mean you shouldn't consider visiting it one day. In fact, if you're a gearhead like us, you may actually find its automobile contents a lot more interesting than many other car gatherings.

Chilling Junior WRC Fiesta Crash will Bring NSFW Words Out of You


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This video footage from a crash that occurred during the Sigdalsrally in Norway this past weekend is a testament to the safety provided by modern day racing cars. Nonetheless, it has the ingredients to scare the bejesus out of the most professional of drivers…

1977 Ford Escort Mk2 Rally Car that Belonged to McRae Family Up for Auction


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This 1977 Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 Group 4 rally car has been driven in the past by three members of the McRae family: father Jimmy McRae and sons Colin McRae and Alister McRae.

Hyundai Unveils i20 WRC for 2014 Season, Announces "N" Performance Sub-Brand [w/Video]


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The curtains are up on Hyundai Motorsport's final version of its i20 WRC and the full team line-up for the 2014 season of the FIA World Rally Championship, which begins with the Rallye Monte Carlo next month.

Toyota Mulls Yaris-Based World Rally Car Entry


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It looks like Toyota wants to build a World Rally Championship-spec car based on the Yaris supermini, though it’s not yet clear what they are going to do with it: actually race it or just use it as a test bed.

A Reenactment of Paddy Hopkirk's 1964 Monte Carlo Rally Win in a Mini


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You may be familiar with the story of famed 60s rally driver Paddy Hopkirk, who in 1964 won the grueling Monte Carlo rally against all odds, at the wheel of a one-liter Mini Cooper. He faced stiff opposition from many other drivers in much more sophisticated and powerful motors, but he eventually triumphed as the story goes.

Ford Stages Fratricidal Race Between 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet and Fiesta ST Rallycross


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Ford builds a variety of racing cars, but it’s hard to find two models that are more far apart from each other than the Mustang Cobra Jet and the Fiesta ST global rallycross car (GRC).

Selfish Cyclist Thinks Rally Stage is All for Himself…


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A while ago, we saw a cyclist that didn’t want to share a London street with a supercar, but this is the first time we see a cyclist using a…rally stage while the actual rally is taking place.

Rally Accident in Hungary Leaves Six Injured, One in Critical Condition


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Word of caution: Some readers may find the images in the following video disturbing

A horrible accident that took place on Saturday afternoon (October 19, 2013) during a Hungarian rally in the village of Városlőd when a Volkswagen Golf Mk2 racer lost control of his car and plowed a group of spectators who were watching the vehicles fly by at speed, has left six people injured, one seriously.

Rally Car Engine Sound Fest Will Make You Smile!


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A ten-minute long video compilation chock-full of modern and classic rally-bred motors backfiring everywhere sounds to us like a valuable montage to us, and another contender for our list of alternatives or ways to increase the effect of coffee in the morning, depending on your stance towards the beverage.

EVO Tests Ford Fiesta R5 Rally Car on Public Roads


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The Ford Fiesta R5 rally car is legal to drive on public roads, but that’s pretty much all it has in common with a road car – that and the shape of the bodywork which is borrowed from the series production Fiesta. The folks at British magazine EVO wanted to find out what it would be like to drive a Fiesta R5 on a public road – albeit a deserted one – and M Sport let them have a go in one of the models they built.