Today we got to see a cool comparison between rear-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive with three classic rally cars showcasing the pros and cons of each setup. At the end of the day, everyone’s a winner.
Up and coming World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon rolled his Hyundai off the Ponte de Lima stage of this weekend’s Rally Portugal, starting a fire in the dry brush past the road. Ford Fiesta driver Ott Tänak rolled minutes later at the same spot.
There’s only one catch: it’s in Italian.
Simply put, you will not believe that the drivers in this video survived the crash that they show to you.
Ok, so he drove off the side of a mountain. That doesn’t mean he crashed.
Hayden Paddon got his first ever World Rally Championship win last weekend at Rally Argentina after Jari-Matti Latvala rolled out of the lead. The final epic power stage that sealed his win is a mesmerizing downhill descent on rough roads with no shortage of fans lining the surreal, rocky landscape.
Rally driver Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard didn’t just win the season opener of the New Zealand Rally Championship in their Hyundai i20, they beat the course record by ten seconds.
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.
“Ute” is Australian for “car with a bed like a pickup truck,” but “6.0 V8 and a full rally suspension setup” is awesome in any language.
I met him on a short hill overlooking the road, some macho Welsh local covered in rain and dirt, pulling a beer from his poncho and waiting for the next car to wail past. I asked him why he had trekked into the woods, soaked through his boots, standing for hours on the side of a road, just to get sprayed with rocks…
I remember him sitting up on the deck of the supply truck, smoking and watching the rest of the X-Raid crew work on the two Dakar-winning Minis assembled out here in the dunes outside Dubai.
Behold, one of the funniest reactions to a rally crash ever.
Thankfully, driver Piotr Fetela and co-driver Dominik Jozwiak escaped this wreck at the famous cattle grid jump at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood this weekend without any serious injuries.
The last time I posted the lil red GTX had just fizzled out after getting clobbered on the rough stages of the 2015 Lake Superior Performance Rally. We had felt pretty good about the new turbo and the set up in general but then at the very end of stage 12, the car turned off, and that was that. We coasted through the…
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.
The cow seemed largely nonplussed.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the very pinnacle of driving would be a box-on-wheels old Volvo on a patch of dirt and ice in rural New Hampshire. But I don’t need life to make sense.