Ford WRC RS160 Concept

If there’s one thing you can say about rallying, it’s that its one of the best motorsports for spectators. It’s full of excitement, highly unpredictable, and the skills of the drivers (and navigators) as they ply their trade over, roads, gravel, dirt, and snow are almost superhuman. Mix that up with a rally-inspired affordable hot hatch you can buy from your local Ford dealer and you potentially have a recipe for instant sales success.

That’s what Japanese designer Ken Nagasaka, a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California thinks anyway. His Ford WRC RS160 concept takes all the features of  a rally car, like maneuverability, customisability, performance and aggressive styling, and wraps it up into a compact mid-engined hatchback. Think of it as the next generation Ford Racing Puma if you will.
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Volkswagen Rallycross Beetle – the most dangerous bug out there

Volkswagen Rallycross Beetle

Volkswagen said they wanted to make the new generation of Beetle more manly. Well I think they’ve fully achieved that with the Rallycross Beetle. A 560 horsepower, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive bug which will be fielded by the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team – the result of a partnership between VW and Andretti Autosport.

The team will be running two cars in the Rallycross series, driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch mid-season to the Rallycross Beetle.
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Audi RS7 Sportback gets rendered as a Group B Rally Car

Audi RS7 Group B Rally Car

Surely when Audi’s designers were putting the finishing touches to the recently unveiled Audi RS7, they never thought it would be the subject of some aggressive rally-inspired photoshopping. But step up Frederic Louis, a Belgian with a soft spot for the insane Group B rally cars of the 1980s.

He created a couple of renders showing what a Group B prepared RS7 could look like for Of course its all just a bit of fun. The Group B series was cancelled in 1986 after just four years because of the high number of fatalities incurred by both unruly spectators and fearless competitors. And even if it was still around. Audi has far more suitable candidates for rallying in its extensive lineup than the large and luxurious RS7.
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Video: Brutal Crash During Practice Session for 2012 Summer X Games

2012 Summer X Games crash Toomas Heikkinen

Toomas Heikkenen, a 21-year old Finnish RallyCross driver, didn’t quite make it across the 50-foot gap during a practice session for the 2012 Summer X Games. Heikkenen’s Ford Fiesta rally car savagely nosedives into the edge of the landing ramp, flips over and then falls crudely to the floor landing upside down. To make matters worse the car then bursts into flames with Heikkenen still strapped into his now-inverted seat.

Thankfully he manages to extricate himself from the car before the flames get too serious. Unfortunately he didn’t escape the crash unhurt. News reports state he suffered a broken ankle and abdominal injuries. The crash and his subsequent injuries mean Heikkenen will not compete in the X Games RallyCross finals on Sunday.
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Lotus Exige R-GT

Lotus Exige R-GT

Lotus has decided to make a return to rallying after a long and sustained absence. Their rallying highlight was way back in ’81 when they won the World Rally Championship with the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. The car they’ve chosen to return to rallying with this year is a competition modified Exige, a car diametrically opposed to the old Sunbeam. The Lotus Exige R-GT is being developed in partnership with the Italian team United Business, winners of the 2011 FIA European Rally Championship.

The Exige R-GT is undergoing final tests this week in preparation for its FIA homologation. Its first outing will be the Mille Miglia rally on April 19 – 21. The car won’t be competing in the full season, instead it will be making appearances at the championship’s special stages.
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Video: Never-ending rally car roll

upside down rally car

At the 2011 Rally Bohemia in the Czech Republic (1st-3rd July), driver Jaroslav Orsak and his navigator Karel Vajik were passing through what appears to be a relatively simple section of the course, when what starts out as a minor bump of the rear wheel against the soft dirt of the hillside, turns into a long series of rolls, slides and flops down a tree-covered slope.
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Video: This is why you shouldn’t park near the track

Rally car crashes into a car

This video, shot in Poland, beautifully illustrates the primary reason most spectators choose to park more than a few feet from the action. Unfortunately for this Subaru Impreza owner, he didn’t get the memo. Judging by the damage inflicted to the Subaru, its days are probably numbered.
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Rally driver’s superb save

rally driver's save

When a rally driver loses control, unless its on a slow part of the course, it often means the end of their race due to to the fact there are very few run-off areas, and the roads are often lined with trees or other equally unforgiving objects.  This Polish rally driver nearly lost it (well actually he did lose it) after getting airborne. Thanks to some skill and probably a good dose of luck he managed to keep going without losing much time at all.
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