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All-wheel drive is an increasingly common feature on cars today, from grocery-fetching Subaru wagons to small crossovers. But it was rally racing that really convinced automakers that sending power to all four wheels gives cars a massive edge on ice, snow, dirt and more.
Our pals over at Carwow convinced one of their artists, Yasid, to mock up a bunch of rally cars. Not just any rally cars, though — the goal was to take the modern re-births of cars that once had rich rallying history (well, mostly), and see how their modern interpretations would look in full rally kit. I think the…
If Thomas Magnum ever got fed up with being the best private detective Oahu had to offer and went racing instead, you know he’d have gone for a 308 GTB rally car despite anything Higgins had to say to the contrary.
I’d somehow gone all my life without realizing Mercedes built a rally car out of the R107 Mercedes SL, so when I bumped into one at the Legends of the Autobahn event in Pebble Beach I nearly lost my mind. Rally 500 SL! RALLY 500 SL!
It’s a fact only known by a few million people that if had too much of all the classic and brand new tarmac fighters at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Hillclimb Course, you can jump on a tractor to check out some of the coolest rally cars racing further up the hill. Here are most of those.
What does it take to make a Porsche 911SC into a rally car, capable of running the East African Safari rally? Not much, apparently. All it took was some rear-suspension upgrades, extra body protection, additional front lights and a Martini livery.
Seriously, this thing is actually cruel. It sure is fun watching those Trabants give it a go, though. And how about that badass Metro/Suzuki right at about the two minute mark?
Oh man. Some poor bastard's probably been fired over this by now. Especially since it looks like a simple length of chain could have prevented all this from happening. That's a Seat Leon Cupra race car, and it's been dropped about two or so stories. Oops.
[Pictured: The Hyundai i20 World Rally Car will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26-29 with Spanish star Dani Sordo behind the wheel. Photo credit Hyundai.]
Back in the 1980s and 90s, Toyota was a formidable force in the world of rallying, with all sorts of Celicas and Corollas flying across the dirt like it was nobody's business. That's not the case as much anymore, but a number of those legendary cars have been preserved for posterity in Europe.
The Lancia Stratos of Italians Sandro Munari and Mario Manucci during the 44th Monte Carlo Rally in Monaco, on Jan. 21, 1976. Munari and Manucci went onto win the Rally. (AP Photo)
French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit's goal was to beat Tanner Foust's 2011 record 100 meter jump in a car. But a practice session for the jump did not end well this morning.
I recently have developed this sickness where I want to put rally lights on all kinds of cars. I'd love to get TDI Sportwagen and throw some HELLAs on that piece. So today's rally theme got me thinking....what would be the most inappropriate but awesome rally car?
What are you doing right now? Toiling away at some menial, pointless task at work? Getting talked down to by your boss? Listening to yet another lecture from your parents? You need a break. Tune it all out for just 10 minutes in the best possible way: old rally cars.
In 1971, the Nissan 240Z dominated the East African Safari Rally, powering its way across the harsh desert to a first and second place win. The original Z would pull off another win in 1973. Now, thanks to the efforts of some volunteers at Nissan, one of those cars will be restored to its former glory.
Just a flying Volkswagen rally car. Ain't nothing wrong with that. Click here for a big desktop version. Photo credit VW.
Let's jump back in time for a moment. It's 1988, and rally champion Ari Vatanen is taking on the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in a Peugeot 405 T16 GR.
Happy Easter, Jalops! If you've got about 10 minutes to kill while you're waiting for the kids to finish their egg hunts, getting ready for church or just trying to ease that hangover from last night, why not indulge in some rallying goodness?