Ouninpohja, Finland is a quiet wood with a lazy dirt road winding through it which turns into a racetrack when the World Rally Championship comes to town. Red Bull’s Volkswagen Polo R has won the race here three times. Today, it has some traffic on its tail.
There’s an old Beavis and Butt-Head episode where the dynamic duo decides to try out a dryer’s spin cycle by climbing inside. That’s probably what it felt like inside the World Rally Championship Volkswagen of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila when they lost the Rally Argentina lead in a massive rollover.
Jari-Matti Latvala failed to stop and check on the photographer he hit in a low-speed crash during Stage 11 of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, and the World Rally Championship isn’t happy about that. Latvala claimed that poor visibility kept him from seeing the man on his hood, and the series didn’t buy that excuse.
Modern WRC cars might not have the horsepower of their Group B grandfathers, but they are still hugely quick thanks to advances in their tires, suspension, and (as you can see here) all-wheel drive.
This is impossibly sweet.
This is what rally drivers refer to as 'a moment.'
In case you need extra proof that rally drivers have some of the biggest balls in motor racing, check out the highlights from the World Rally Championship's Rally Spain. Even the 0 car that sweeps the course before the drivers are released was having fun.
Er, more than a little bit.
Audi Quattros didn't disappear after the Group B years. They're still around running historic rally and, as you can see, going airborne.
WRC drivers are amazing pilots, but what happens when you take one out of his high-tech 4WD hatchback and stick him in an old Ford Escort?
These guys are certainly making the most of each of their two.
This is professional WRC driver Jari-Matti Latvala on his day off in a historic rally. He is about to give you a lesson in how to drive like a raging lunatic.
The World Rally Championship kicks off this weekend and every team has been out testing on the freezing roads around Monte Carlo. We have our eyes on Jari-Matti Latvala in a factory Ford Fiesta RS, so watch him tear through the scenery in beautiful high-def.
It just goes to show how safety equipment can save a rally driver's life, something that would not be the case if it was a production street car. Aye, aye, aye.....aye. [via Straightline]