Rally Racing

1997 WRC Season Review

1997 WRC Season Review

1997 saw a lot of changes for the World Rally Championship. A new top specification called World Rally Cars were introduced and manufacturers could choose between the existing Group A rules or the new World Rally Car rules which no longer required road going versions of the race car. Only…
Volkswagen WRC. Where to now?

Volkswagen WRC. Where to now?

Earlier on in the year Volkswagen shocked the motorsport world by pulling the plug on two very big projects. And whereas Audi’s departure, while premature, was very expected, the decision to end the VW WRC team was a shock to everyone. Seemingly overnight three of the most prominent drivers expected…
Try to Follow Rally Pace Notes!

Try to Follow Rally Pace Notes!

Want to see if you can follow pace notes? Here’s you chance(video below). You can clearly see the road and the notes are easy to hear. The number after the Left or Right is the degree of the corner. It sounds like they’re using a 1-10 scale (normal Jemba notes…
Ojibwe: Blink

Ojibwe: Blink

Ojibwe happened really fast.  Normally, I remember a lot about each rally, but that is not the case. A quick test on Wednesday, 2 pass recce on Thursday, rally Friday and Saturday. The test was fine.  The road wasn’t super indicative of the stages that we would be racing on, even…
Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

The relatively stock car held together at Ojibwe and they finished 3rd in class, 13th overall in the one regional and 6th in class, 18th in the other. (Regional events are simply the National two day rally broken into a separate event for each day.) The team is made up entire…
NEFR: 3000 Miles

NEFR: 3000 Miles

It’s been a hell of a season so far. After DNF’ing LSPR last fall, Sno*Drift was a “warm up” and the only intent was to have a clean rally.  It would turn out that we would walk away from Sno* with the highest speed factor we’d see for a while,…
STPR: The Late Recap; Into The Circus

STPR: The Late Recap; Into The Circus

STPR had four B-Spec entries, but Matt Hoffman in the Sonic was just getting out of the co-driver’s seat and opted to run just the regional events.  In national, that left the usual suspects, myself and the Maxxis/HRD entry with Jordan Guitar and Billy Jang.  The last entry was Nitro…
NASA Rally Sport Expands With New Canadian Series

NASA Rally Sport Expands With New Canadian Series

Nasa Rally Sport is sanctioning five rallies in Canada next year which together are called the Extreme Elite Series. This means your Nasa Rally license will work at all five of these events: Rallye la Ville Tuque, Rallye Sanair, Rallye Saguenay, Rallye Mekinac, and Rallye Portneuf. Those rallies will also run under the…
Olympus: First Real Rally

Olympus: First Real Rally

If you know anything about the Olympus Rally, you might know that it was a round of the first ever US rally championship, a former WRC event, and was the last rally for Group B cars. Tough. Technical. Legendary. If you’ve been following my season, you probably know that Sno*Drift…
Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

If Oregon Trail was anything, it embodied two of rally’s favorite sayings: “hurry up and wait” and “press on regardless.” You get there, you do recce, you spend all day Friday anxiously awaiting 7pm.  OTR begins on Friday night with ten miles of super specials at Portland International Raceway. Humour ensued…
100AW: Sweet Baby Craig Drew

100AW: Sweet Baby Craig Drew

During our testing for 100 Acre Wood, we found something interesting.  On our third or fourth time down the test stage, we suddenly lost all power.  Notably, when this happened, the temperature gauge suddenly spiked.  We re-started the car, but it was still in limp mode.  So we putted on…
Getting Ready: 100 Acre Wood

Getting Ready: 100 Acre Wood

100 Acre Wood is quickly approaching and there’s lots to do. Firstly, midterms are here for the eighteen credits I’m currently taking.  I’ve also been on a weeklong hunt for my New School ID card.  Today, I finally caved and purchased a new one at card services.  I’d never been…
Sno*Drift: Wheelspin and Beyond

Sno*Drift: Wheelspin and Beyond

As you may or may not know, we built a 1.0L EcoBoost Fiesta rally car. It’s built for B-Spec, so performance-wise, it’s pretty much factory. My first time driving it was Wednesday. My first time racing it was Friday at Sno*Drift as part of the first round of the Rally…
AG’s Dakar updates, Day 3-7

AG’s Dakar updates, Day 3-7

SS3 and SS4 Bort getting silly speeding penalties, 1 minute and then another the next day for 5 minutes Wednesday was super high altitude racing, 11,000 plus feet. some riders passed out and crashed on stage. vogels puked twice inside his helmet, had to slow down a bunch. The next day,…
WRC Driver Hayden Paddon In a RWD Escort!

WRC Driver Hayden Paddon In a RWD Escort!

The video below is WRC ace Hayden Paddon and John Kennard at Rally Otago 2015. For those of you who don’t know Hayden, you should so her’s his racing bio: His dad, Chris was a rally driver. Haydon naturally started in karting like every other kid and didn’t compete in his first rally until 2002 at…
Insane Rally Crash: Mineshaft!

Insane Rally Crash: Mineshaft!

Rally crashes are pretty ridiculous, but mineshaft produces some of the most insane rally crashes in pro rally. There’s something about the way the road drops off down under. The drivers have to know what’s coming. There are a ton of signs. There were cautions in the notes. The driver must…
Pure Sound: Historic Rally Cars

Pure Sound: Historic Rally Cars

I love watching the WRC, but the older cars are somehow cooler. They sound better. They shoot fire! It looks like you have to manhandle them to get them through tight corners. Basically everything from the Group B era is awesome. This is the Riviera Rally for historic rally cars…
Hyundai Shows i20 R5 Prototype

Hyundai Shows i20 R5 Prototype

Earlier this week Hyundai not only took the wraps of its all new WRC car, but also presented the mock-up of its upcoming Hyundai i20 R5, which is due to be homologated mid-next year. The R5 car will be very closely related to its WRC counterpart and will be tested mostly…
90 Minutes of E30 M3 Rally Racing!

90 Minutes of E30 M3 Rally Racing!

The E30 M3 is one of the best homologated race cars ever made. Meaning BMW built a street car to sell to customers just so it could qualify an awesome car for motorsport. This meant wins all over the world in touring car and even a few in rally despite…
Flying Porsches And Rally Spectators

Flying Porsches And Rally Spectators

I found this on Jalopnik just now and blown away. First by the flying Porsche. It’s setup for a tarmac rally meaning slammed suspension which provides very little suspension travel. Yet the driver sends it over the crest anyway. The little Porsche flies pretty good. Then I notice the spectators.…
Ryan Symancek Is Back With The Rallyist Blog!

Ryan Symancek Is Back With The Rallyist Blog!

Ryan Symancek is back with a video series called the The Rallyist Blog. I just watched the first episode(below) and it’s awesome. It follows him to a two day rallycross with a handful of different Subaru’s but Ryan tells it better himself: “Hi everyone! Welcome to The Rallyist Blog. Over the past…
Higgins Might Break A 28 Year Old Rally Record

Higgins Might Break A 28 Year Old Rally Record

In the world of rally nothing can be taken for granted. The challenges that competitors face on every mile make finishing an event a tremendous accomplishment; and for many, winning an event is a lifetime accomplishment.  For Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew, what they stand poised to do is something no team…
Latvala/Anttila win at Rally France (Corsica)

Latvala/Anttila win at Rally France (Corsica)

Second win in France, first on Corsica: Latvala/Anttila victorious again on asphalt Another plus for Finnish-French relations: Latvala and Anttila’s second success of their career on asphalt was another remarkable story. At the fastest asphalt rally of all time – in Alsace in 2014 – the Volkswagen duo brought to…
Brakim Racing At Black River Stages 2015

Brakim Racing At Black River Stages 2015

Brakim Racing is Matt Brandenburg’s rally team. If you don’t know Matt check out the Team’s website or his Facebook page. The guy is awesome. He rallies a wide body E36 fitted with a ton of cool parts including a crazy fast engine prepared by VAC Motorsport. He’s also building a Lamborghini…
Which Rally Car Is Fastest?

Which Rally Car Is Fastest?

I know the GT3 cars are fast but I had no idea how fast they really are. The R5 is a quick little car. Not WRC spec but pretty close. I guess I expected the Porsche to be faster but didn’t realize the R4 Evo X would be faster as…
NASA Black River Stages – Preview

NASA Black River Stages – Preview

This year’s Black River Stages looks pretty awesome. There are 33 cars signed up to race ranging from VW’s to BMW’s to of course Subaru’s but there’s also a bunch of Mitsubishi’s entered. There’s even a Merkur and an old school Ford Escort!!! The best part of Black River Stages…
6 Spectators Dead At The A Coruña rally

6 Spectators Dead At The A Coruña rally

Six rally spectators were killed and several others injured when a rally car spun out of control at the A Coruña rally in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia, according to the Spanish police. Four were women and one was pregnant making the situation even more unfortunate. A civil guard…
ERC: Circuit of Ireland 2015

ERC: Circuit of Ireland 2015

Irish Tarmac rally is awesome. Mostly because the roads are incredible. Super narrow, crazy fast, with blind jumps. The Irish drivers are even more insane. This event is part of the European Rally Championship(ERC) so its got some Euro guys in there but they allow competitors from the Irish Tarmac and…
The Chihuahua Express In 4k

The Chihuahua Express In 4k

We’ve all heard about the La Carrera Panamericana. It’s one of the most famous races in the world and back in the day was one of the most dangerous. The race is pretty different today and is run more like a stage rally than a flat out race through Mexico but…
How To Podium At Rally America

How To Podium At Rally America

The answer is pretty easy. Simply enter the National Rally by paying the higher entry fee(that’s all that’s required) and simply finish. Seriously that’s all you have to do. Enter the rally and drive casually to the finish and you podium, spray champagne, and a get a National trophy. Take a…
Ojibwe Forest 2015 – Day 1

Ojibwe Forest 2015 – Day 1

The 34th running of the Ojibwe Forests Rally (August 28-29) features approximately 147 stage miles over two days which makes it one of the longer rallies of the year. There are also two regional events(Paul Bunyan’s Ride and 10,000 Lakes Rally regional rally) which are basically the exact same thing…
Brakim Racing Tests For Ojibwe Forest 2015

Brakim Racing Tests For Ojibwe Forest 2015

If you don’t know Brakim Racing you probably haven’t been following rally. Brakim is the rally racing team of Matt Brandenburg. Elliot Sherwood usually co-drives and Dan Thorton helps build the madness that Matt creates, including their current rally Lamborghini project. Yes, Brakim is building a Gallardo for rally racing.…
Understanding Rally Pacenotes

Understanding Rally Pacenotes

I’ve written a few articles on undestanding rally pacenotes for Jalopnik, but Hyundai WRC drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are much more qualified to cover this subject. The cover the system they use, how they make the notes and why they are so effective. The numbers on the wheel are…
Mackin FR-S at Pikes Peak 2015(Scion Racing)

Mackin FR-S at Pikes Peak 2015(Scion Racing)

Pikes Peak International Hillclimb is a pretty cool event. Sure the course was ruined by RoboLoeb a few years ago but its still a pretty amazing event and makes for a pretty awesome video. In 2015, Scion returned to the famous race along with Mackin Industries, Evasive Motorsports and GReddy…
How To Get Started In Rallying

How To Get Started In Rallying

You’ve watched a million rally videos. Now, learn how to get started in rallying. How to start storming the woods in your own rally car. Team O’Neil’s Wyatt Knox and Broken Motorsports’ Bill Petrow get you started, even if you have no experience.
Rally Utah Canceled – WTF

Rally Utah Canceled – WTF

I’m still not clear on exactly what happened at Rally Utah that caused the event to be canceled the day before the rally started. The official press release says that there were no permits(for road closure) but implies the city was to blame for not issuing them. “Due to governmental…
Midwest Rally Notice – 2015 Show-Me Rally

Midwest Rally Notice – 2015 Show-Me Rally

Are you located in the midwest and want another rally? The 2015 Show-Me Rally consist of multiple stages, utilizing the same roads that David Higgins, Ken Block and others compete on during the Rally America National Championship event known as Rally in the 100 Acre Woods.  As a small regional rally, the…
WORLD SKIING CHAMPION VERSUS RALLY ACE

WORLD SKIING CHAMPION VERSUS RALLY ACE

A ferry that waits for nobody, breath-taking fjord scenery in Norway and a unique race. That is what you get when Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s downhill gold medallist, meets compatriot and Volkswagen rally driver Andreas Mikkelsen. The result was a wonderfully wild preparation for round eight of the FIA World…
2015 Olympus Rally Recap – The Build Race Party Edition

2015 Olympus Rally Recap – The Build Race Party Edition

For the forth consecutive event, David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew brought home a commanding victory for Subaru Rally Team USA at the Olympus Rally. Marking the return of the event to the National Championship rotation for the first time since 2012, teams faced a triple threat: loose conditions, dust and tricky…