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. Continue reading ‘Ford WRC RS160 Concept’ »
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.
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 Autofans.be. 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. Continue reading ‘Audi RS7 Sportback gets rendered as a Group B Rally Car’ »
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.
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. Continue reading ‘Lotus Exige R-GT’ »
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. Continue reading ‘Video: Never-ending rally car roll’ »
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. Continue reading ‘Rally driver’s superb save’ »