What If Ferrari Quit Formula 1 And Decided To Go Rallying Instead?

Every couple of years or so, Ferrari makes extravagant threats that it’s going to quit Formula One. They’ll start a rival spin-off series, they say. Or they’ll concentrate all their energies on an endurance-racing program at Le Mans. But what if they did something entirely different? What if the Prancing Horse marque went rallying instead?

The vehicle they’d cook up would probably look a little something like this. It’s a hupothetical Ferrari WRC car, rendered by budding Korean designer Taekang Lee, who based his design on the Ferrari hatchback he had released earlier and upgraded it to rally spec.

Outlandish as it may seem, it wouldn’t be the first time that Maranello would be represented on the rally scene. The 308 went rallying back in the 1970s and ’80s. Plus, the 288 GTO (essentially the precursor to the F40) might have as well had the Group B it was designed for not been scrapped by the FIA. And that’s not counting all the road cars it entered in cross-country road rallies like the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia.

This would be something else altogether, though: a modern rally machine closer (in concept at least) to the kind of amped-up hatchbacks currently competing in the World Rally Championship, like the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, Toyota Yaris and Citroën C3. And as such, it will remain just a rendering. Which, we believe, is a good thing.

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  • Six_Tymes

    freakin epic design, love the idea!

  • Matthew Torchiana

    They also could use that design as an entry for Lancia.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      Lancia is dead
      Let it go!

      • Matthew Torchiana

        I know but could you just imagine a Lancia Delta with that 2.9 Ferrari derived 6 pot?

        • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

          You already have Alfa for this
          Alfa was always the sportier of the 2

          • Matthew Torchiana

            True, Alfa is a more refined street racer, but Lancia owned Group B rally racing for years, first the 037 and then the Delta integrale Evo.

          • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

            Agree with you
            It’s just my thoughts of trying to save who still alive is easier than giving birth to the dead

          • Matthew Torchiana

            And I do agree with that. I was hoping to see Alfa return to British Touring Car or even indy car.. with sauber looking good, they look to have a strong future. So a whimsical dream would see Fiat do justice to the engineering marvels that were once Lancia. They could also resurrect the label as an in house coach building firm. With the new modular platforms available, they could make bespoke Faminia and Flavia models.

            But once again, just a dream

          • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

            Honestly for FCA what I care now is Fiat & Chrysler brands future which looks to join Lancia in not so long time frame unless something appears against that

          • Matthew Torchiana

            That looks like the direction both are going. Unless Dodge, Jeep and Ram can continue to be cash cows so Chrysler can add a desirable set of products they may perish. Fiat has a broader following worldwide with a wider range of products and maybe the new brand manager will be aggressive enough to get them back to the front of their competitors

          • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

            In the last days of Sergio Marchionne they officially reduced Fiat into 2 models “Panda & 500” and Chrysler into 2 models “Pacifica & 300”

            300 will just continue its already long cycle and won’t get new, and Pacifica most probably can go to Ram or Jeep, Ram maybe the most logical choice though

            In Fiat side 500 & Panda may turn the brand into Suzuki, Tata, Dacia type of brand

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The F1 Circus is pretty much corrupted by now. Leaving and creating a spin-off could be a good idea. Driving in rallies again may not help the brand much place its models in the target segments it currently aims to. The rally past of Ferrari comes from a time of genuine gentlemen drivers (the last tail of many generations of similar drivers before them), who were wealthy but also liked wild adventure and honed their skills also for years driving those cars in all possible conditions
    The new generations of wealthy drivers are entirely different.

  • Pretty sure I’ve seen it before in CS article.

    • OdysseyTag

      Yep, article heading read something along the lines of “If Ferrari made a hatchback”.

  • Bash

    Wow, that’s a great thought.
    Looks it only missing an RC, lol

  • nir elyashiv

    Reikonen & Vettel in a car
    It won’t go due to OverEgo Syndrom

  • javier

    looks a little goofy but i like the idea. Porsche had a 4×4 911 rally concept a few years ago. With height adjustable pneumatic suspension it would be a really cool do it all sports car. The new cayman rally concept 2×4 with an inch of ground clearance is poser ridiculous.

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