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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…
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…
Why Racing In Mexico Is Awesome

Why Racing In Mexico Is Awesome

There are so many reason why racing in Mexico is awesome. Most of them start with Baja but there are tons of other events in central Mexico as well. Races like the World Rally Championships. If you watch the WRC, you’ve probably seen a destroyed rally car limping its way through…
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…
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…
Group B At The Monte Carlo Rally

Group B At The Monte Carlo Rally

Group B cars are awesome. It might be the best era of the World Rally Championship because the rules were so unrestrictive. Cars were making over 500hp by the end and AWD was taking over – the Lancia 037 was still being used but at events like the Monte Carlo…
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…
Why No WRC In The USA?

Why No WRC In The USA?

It’s been 28 years since we last saw the World Rally Championships on stages in the USA. The Olympus Rally, outside of Seattle, was the last time we saw the top level cars in the United States and that was back in 1988. Could you imagine F1 taking a 30 year…
Richard Burns Rally Part 2: RSRBR

Richard Burns Rally Part 2: RSRBR

Not that long ago, I wrote an article about the best rally simulator known to men, Richard Burns Rally. While I did cover the standard game more or less thoroughly, I did miss out on one very important bit – modding. There are many mods available for RBR, some are…
Rally For The First Time

Rally For The First Time

The automotive community draws people in for many different reasons, some like the challenge of building cars to be faster or more capable others like the thrill of competition whether in rally, road racing, autocross or even winning a local car show. For me its been more of finding a…
Video Game Review: Richard Burns Rally

Video Game Review: Richard Burns Rally

How often do you hear the phrase “They don’t make them like that anymore”? Depending on who you talk to, it could go from almost never hearing the dreaded sentence to hearing it on an hourly basis. The “them” part could mean absolutely anything, from shoes, to cars, to video…
From Grassroots to Goodwood Part 2

From Grassroots to Goodwood Part 2

From Grassroots to Goodwood (Part 2) by Dave Vardy A Change in Career As 2011 arrived, the first task was to work on getting both Skoda and the AMT back to Goodwood. Everything was put in place with Skoda UK Motorsport once again and Goodwood were well receptive of our…
DRAMATIC FINALE AT WRC SWEDEN

DRAMATIC FINALE AT WRC SWEDEN

Breath-taking action right down to the final few meters: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won the Rally Sweden. The French Volkswagen duo came through to defeat Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (F/F, Hyundai) and their Volkswagen team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) in the closest three-way battle in the history of the World…
A Yaris to run in World Rally Championship?

A Yaris to run in World Rally Championship?

Yep, that’s what Toyota Motorsport has planned for 2017 as the company makes its return to the FIA World Rally Championship with a car developed and built entirely at its technical centre in Cologne. Over the next two years Toyota will continue its test programme with the Yaris WRC in preparation for…
A Tale of Two Sebastiens, Pt. 1

A Tale of Two Sebastiens, Pt. 1

A World Rally legend grabs the overall lead in day one of his “return,” while a defending champion grapples with rules changes—both positive and negative. Wait, did Sebastien Loeb get better in his time away from rallying? OK, that might be an overreaction. But the nine-time World Rally champion, winner…
PRESENTING THE SECOND GENERATION POLO R WRC

PRESENTING THE SECOND GENERATION POLO R WRC

In top form, both technically and visually: Volkswagen presented the second generation of the Polo R WRC in Autostadt, Wolfsburg. The works team from Wolfsburg has its sights set firmly on another successful defence of its titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a new car and a…
RALLY LEGEND MARCUS GRÖNHOLM TESTS THE VOLKSWAGEN POLO R WRC

RALLY LEGEND MARCUS GRÖNHOLM TESTS THE VOLKSWAGEN POLO R WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport has secured the services of former World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm: the 46-year-old Finn, winner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2000 and 2002, will support the works team at test sessions with the Polo R WRC. Grönholm boasts a vast wealth of experience acquired from…
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16

1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16

The Turbo 16 appeared at first glance as merely a hopped-up version of Peugeot’s then-ubiquitous 205 small car, but it was actually one of the most technologically advanced performance cars available at the time of its introduction in late 1983. Although it did share some of its body panels with…
VrD Motorsports attends the Goodwood Festival of Speed

VrD Motorsports attends the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Build Race Party friends and supporters VrD Motorsports  attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed,  an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England this past weekend. The event enables fans to see F1 machines as well as cars and motorbikes from motor racing history climb the historic hill.   About VrD…
Fiat 500L WRC Render

Fiat 500L WRC Render

Fans of the Fiat-Lancia-Abarth dream of a return in a big way in the world of motor racing, but for now, all hopes were dashed. Our friend Stephen Slizza sends us this beautiful work that depicts the Fiat 500L WRC, an unprecedented rally for the compact version of the Lingotto.…
HOMEWARD BOUND AS KUBICA PREPARES FOR POLAND

HOMEWARD BOUND AS KUBICA PREPARES FOR POLAND

RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica will be the star of the show as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to his native Poland next week. As one of the country’s most respected and admired sportsmen, the Formula One race winner will be in high demand as he…
SEBASTIEN OGIER RETURNS TO THE PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP

SEBASTIEN OGIER RETURNS TO THE PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP

Sébastien Ogier (F) returns to the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup for a brief cameo. The defending champion and current leader in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will contest the third race of the season this coming weekend, as the series forms part of the Formula One weekend in Spielberg. This…
Is It This Generation? Or This Generation Of Cars?

Is It This Generation? Or This Generation Of Cars?

There are people that claim my generation has lost its love for the automobile. They are totally wrong. My generation loves cars. But we love doing things ourselves, and are very informed. We are the first generation that truly grew up with the internet. We look up everything. We already know the million…
VOLKSWAGEN IN GOOD FORM AT THE SHAKEDOWN IN ITALY

VOLKSWAGEN IN GOOD FORM AT THE SHAKEDOWN IN ITALY

Successful warm-up for what promises to be a red-hot duel for the World Championship lead: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila were second and third fastest in the Shakedown ahead of the Rally Italy. Their team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) ended the “free practice” for the…
BENTLEY READY FOR RETURN TO BRITISH RACING HERITAGE

BENTLEY READY FOR RETURN TO BRITISH RACING HERITAGE

M-Sport Bentley creates another piece of racing history next weekend as the team prepares to return factory-affiliated Bentleys to a British racetrack for the first time in over 80 years. Looking to build on the strong finish and learnings from the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza…
NEW CO-DRIVER FOR VOLKSWAGEN DRIVER ANDREAS MIKKELSEN

NEW CO-DRIVER FOR VOLKSWAGEN DRIVER ANDREAS MIKKELSEN

Volkswagen driver Andreas Mikkelsen (N) has a new co-driver: as of the Rally Italy on Sardinia (05–08 June), Mikkelsen will line up alongside Ola Fløene (N) in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In Fløene, Mikkelsen welcomes back the first co-driver of his rallying career: the pair started together between…
ONE-TWO VICTORY FOR VOLKSWAGEN IN THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

ONE-TWO VICTORY FOR VOLKSWAGEN IN THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

It was nothing less than Volkswagen’s greatest single victory in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In extremely difficult external conditions, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) celebrated a hard-fought one-two victory in the Polo R WRC at the Rally Argentina. Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula…
VOLKSWAGEN TRAVELS TO ARGENTINA WITH AN UNQUENCHABLE WILL TO WIN

VOLKSWAGEN TRAVELS TO ARGENTINA WITH AN UNQUENCHABLE WILL TO WIN

A classic rally, putting both man and machine to the test: Volkswagen lines up at the Rally Argentina with its sights set firmly on victory. Defending champions and World Championship leaders Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), their Volkswagen team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) – currently second in the overall standings –…
EKS to join FIA World Rallycross Championship

EKS to join FIA World Rallycross Championship

EKS is the latest team to pledge support to the all-new FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy after the Swedish squad confirmed it will compete in 2014 with the brand-new Audi S1.   The team – which will be made up of two-time DTM driver Mattias Ekstrom and…
Mitsubishi to end Lancer Evo production

Mitsubishi to end Lancer Evo production

According to multiple reports, Mitsubishi will end production of the Lancer Evolution later this year. Unfortunate, yes, but the timing seems appropriate—having been around since 2007, the current model is a bit long in the tooth, and Subaru has just debuted its next-generation WRX STI rival. Sadly, it seems that this also…
ATKO Returns to the WRC!

ATKO Returns to the WRC!

If you’re a rally fan, this is HUGE news! Chris ‘Atkinson has been handed an early Christmas present with the announcement he will be part of Hyundai Motorsport in next year’s World Rally Championship. The Gold Coaster has been out of a full time drive since the end of 2008 and…

The Complete Colin Mcrae on YouTube

Colin McRae is a personal hero of mine.  I love watching him drive and the only place you can do that now is on YouTube. This post is meant to assemble all the footage of Colin Rallying over the years. The first section covers the documentaries then comes in-car footage…
Roadside Repair – WRC Style

Roadside Repair – WRC Style

You are looking at screen captures from a WRC Mexico 2012 which is below. Yari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila snap a piece of their suspension and need a way to keep it straight and aligned. They grabbed an extension, although it looks like a ratchet or something. And then is…