Rallying is some of the toughest racing in the world. Drivers have to tackle changing weather conditions and roads that vary from gravel to dirt to tarmac. There are blind corners lined with trees and people throughout. It's not for the feint of heart.
In the VW hatchback lineup, the Polo is the awkward middle brother. He's not as usable as a Golf and not as city friendly as an Up!. But it's also the perfect size for rallying.
What if Ford had campaigned a Mustang in rally's unrestricted 1980s Group B golden years? One Jalopnik reader came up with this rendering and man do we like it.
Imagine an intersection where completely de-restricted race cars of almost any kind are allowed to drift in, do burnouts and donuts to their heart's content, and then peel off into the night without any fear of the cops.
Exhausted. Triple-digit speeds inches from trees and cliffs. In the rain, through the night, over jumps — It's no surprise many consider rally pilots the greatest drivers of all, and now Jalopnik readers have picked the best of the best.
Many Porsche 911s spend their lives being slowly driven to the country club or to some nightclub. This one is flat out over a crest like a baja trophy truck. This is how it should be.
One hundred and twenty-eight miles an hour with trees inches away. Run this video at 1080p and it just looks like a videogame.
Rally cars all follow a regular formula: 4WD, turbocharged 4cyl engine, family car body. Screw that, this is a rally Porsche 911 and it kicks ass.
It's mesmerizing. WRC champ Petter Solberg, practicing in the Finnish gravel, pure engine noise. One of the best rally videos we've seen.
"Let it go, we're on top of a house."
On Sunday, Ken block is celebrating victory at the Olympus Rally. On Friday he's practicing for Global Rallycross in Las Vegas, and he's got a few hundred extra horses to play with. How did it all happen?
Ever since our own Zac Estrada penned his story on a classic Peugeot meetup in Northern California, I've been on this weird Pug kick all week. I'm not sure what it is exactly. I tend to obsess over obscure cars Americans can't have. The Paris Motor Show certainly didn't help things.
See this Bentley Conti GT plowing through a 15-mile rally stage in Wales? Yeah, that's James May in the passenger seat playing co-driver.
This is a rally-prepped Wartburg 353. It has a five on the tree. If you thought it was hard work just to use three pedals, this is going to blow your mind.
Today we saw how the NASCAR Hall of Fame served as a meeting place for a Planned Parenthood rally. What if it was a different kind of rally?
The Mitsubishi is idling in front of you. A forest tarmac stage disappears ahead into the trees. The rally car of your dreams is yours for one race, but your mom is in the co-driver's seat.
Three spectators died this weekend when a Mitsubishi rally car speared off into a crowd on a hill climb up Mt. Tara in Serbia. It is difficult to watch, difficult to assign blame and difficult to find a clear lesson to take away.
The Group A Delta Integrale was wide and loud and fast: perfect for a rally stage, but kind of terrible if you're making a first impression to a potential boss. Think you could climb out of those racing buckets without crumpling your resume?
The driver of this rally-prepped Evo is sliding off the road and halfway into a ditch. How does he keep his car from flying into all of the nice, hard trees? He plants his foot to the floor.