Ever since the Audi TT got a dual-clutch transmission back in 2003, these are-they-manuals-or-nah gearboxes have become the hot new thing in the high-performance car world. But Audi first tried out a double-clutch more than 30 years ago, in the fearsome Sport Quattro S1 rally car.
[When Citroën got Lotus to turn their Visa hatchback into a top-level rally car, did Lotus move the Visa’s front engine to the rear, as was standard for the WRC monsters of the day? No! They just stuck a Visa body on a Lotus Esprit chassis. Read more about this cancelled program at Weird Cars. Photo: Citroën, or maybe…
The only problem with Group B rally cars (other than the whole ‘they killed a lot of people’ part) was that rallying never gave them the opportunity to race wheel to wheel. Then came rallycross.
In the 1980s, Lancia developed a supercharged and turbocharged (aka twincharged) engine for their midengine/AWD Delta S4 Group B rally car. The idea was the two compressors would eliminate any kind of lag in boost. It doesn’t look like it worked out that way.
There are many cars, but only some of them are the Ford RS200.
[For reasons I cannot recall, Citroën built a Group B rally BX, here on the '86 Monte. Photo: Citroën]
Hey, there’s a Ferrari Group B rally car for sale.
Back when Group B rally cars were running virtually unrestricted, faster than sense or safety, newscasters called them 'supercars.' What if you took that Group B tech and applied it to a traditional supercar concept?
Do you love the Audi Quattro? Yes, you do. Here's one leaping into the air, for you to enjoy in perpetuity.
In the 1980s, international rallying was virtually unrestricted. The cars became more and more powerful until a series of horrifying fatal crashes led to the series' cancellation. It's a story worthy of a film. In fact, one is getting made right now and it stars the dude from Game of Thrones.
The Metro 6R4 went down in history as the ugliest Group B contender this side of a Citroën BX 4TC, the car that gave its engine to the Jaguar XJ220, and the naturally-aspirated pocket rocket surrounded by all those turbo giants. 30 years on, it remains just as exciting as at its premier.
If you've ever wondered what the Scandinavian Flick looks like, you'll likely never see a more extreme example than this.
In 1986, the FIA banned Group B rallying. What's interesting is that they banned the cars before the season was over, but decided to let the cars run the final two events of the calendar. This gave the world the 35th Lombard RAC Rally, the last time Group B ran in the UK.
Everyone's seen a lot of Subarus and whatnot four-wheel sliding through the snow and on the dirt, but not many have seen something with AWD going fully sideways on pavement. That's where this Group B-spec Audi Quattro S1 comes in.
How do you tell a Group B Rally-spec Mazda RX-7 from your standard drift car? Simple: the rally Mazda is louder.
When you think of drifting, you probably think of a Nissan 240SX or other rear-drive some such. What if I told you an all-wheel drive Audi Quattro could slide like the best of them?
This was one of those sobering posts that comes across from my Facebook friends that have closer connections to the racing world than I do.
Back in the '80s, you could enter just about any kind of purpose-built race car you wanted, so long as you also built some road-legal versions for the public, too. This is what it's like to run one of those homologations specials, the mighty Lancia 037.
I keep forgetting to post this video because I always end up leaving it open and listening to the rockin' boppin' mid-'80s soundtrack. Trust me, this could not be more '80s if it was doing lines and tagging a subway train.
This Group B Audi swings so close to the crowd that the driver actually takes out a video camera, valued at £30,000.