The first thing that you discover when you do a rally is that it’s just about the most fun you can have in a car. The second thing you discover is it is a humongous amount of work to even begin to run an event.
There was one turn in the Jari-Pekka Rally in Finland last weekend that absolutely demolished at least a half dozen rally cars.
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.
Watching rally cars is fun. Watching rally cars while crouched inches away from them as they drive at highway speeds, with your back pressed against a no-escape rock wall? Less fun.
Former F1 and current WRC driver Robert Kubica crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rally today with this agonizingly slow crash. Watch how quickly his day gets ruined on a patch of icy road.
Porsche 911s are more commonly seen in sportscar racing series today, so it may come as a surprise that the first 911 Porsche ever raced participated in the Rallye Monte-Carlo—an event that is now part of the grueling World Rally Championship! Yes, Porsche 911s even look fantastic with a spotlight for a hat.
The Toyota GT86 is a lovely car to begin with, but like all good things, it’s much improved in rally trim. The GT86 CS-R3 is Toyota’s homologated rally special, and according to Toyota’s own press release, some jamoke named Chris Harris who wrote for www.jalopnik.com will drive it in the British Rally Championship.
Finally! The offseason is over for the World Rally Championship. Rallye Monte Carlo starts today, with its classic alpine tarmac stages that are often covered in snow and ice. It’s the oldest and one of the most beautiful rallies there is. Photo credit: Abu Dhabi Total WRT
Anyone who’s been following Sébastien Loeb since his World Rally Championship days knows that he’s a beast, and he’s been proving that all over again at this year’s Dakar Rally. He rolled on Stage 8, but he and co-driver Daniel Elena managed to put the car back together to limp to the end of the stage.
Tragedy struck the Dakar Rally twice, once during Stage 7 and again in road traffic.
Work shoes, Dakar style. A mechanic from Team Kamaz Master works on the truck during the Dakar Rally rest day in Salta, Argentina.
This insane clip from Tom Coronel’s buggy shows just how crazy and brutal the Dakar Rally can be. Even the recoveries are insane.
Buggy-racing twin brothers Tim and Tom Coronel are both at Dakar this weekend. Unfortunately, Tom broke down with an electrical issue he couldn’t diagnose. Luckily, Tim showed up soon and knew how to fix it, as he’d encountered a similar issue with his own buggy.
Wet, nasty conditions don’t just affect races on track — they can ruin an off-road rally raid’s day, too. In addition to the opening leg of this year’s race getting cancelled, the second and third stages were shortened and today’s third stage was halted for trucks when a landslide destroyed part of it.
[This is a Porsche, therefore, it must be raced. Here is a Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia practicing sweet dirt slides for the 2007 Transsyberia Rally. Photo credit: Porsche]
Racing in rallying means dealing with shit that any sane driver would avoid: jumps, stumps, rocks, ruts, all taken flat out. Over the years, rally suspension has grown to be about the best suspension in racing, and here’s a video explaining how it all works.
Sebastien Loeb will return to the World Rally Championship as an owner next year as Autosport reports, running a team in the Junior WRC for 2016. He may have been dumped by Citroën, but that doesn’t he can’t run his own chevron-badged car if he wants to.
The X-Raid Mini ALL4 racing team is gearing up to win the infamous 5,000 mile Dakar Rally for the fifth consecutive time in January. Here’s how they get in shape for it.
[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…
[Brace yourselves: Dakar is coming. Everything from Antonio Meo’s KTM here to enormous trucks will race across the South American desert starting on January 2. Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool]