One of the biggest travesties of the Volkswagen World Rally Championship team shutting down was that it left its very last rally winner, Andreas Mikkelsen, without a ride for 2017. His more experienced teammates Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala easily landed on other teams, but Mikkelsen was out of top-level…
If there’s any greater pain than crashing out of a race, it’s crashing when you’re so close to finishing that you can see the finish line.
It’s the ultimate Volkswagen teammate grudge match: mano a mano, car versus car. Ex-teammates Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala battled it out side by side on the first super special stage of Rally Portugal.
We in America are not particularly familiar with tarmac rallies—traditional rallies run flat out on closed public roads—but in Europe they are some of the toughest (and most dangerous) races you can find. The very toughest is the legendary Druidale stage, and here’s why it keeps this reputation.
Let these R30 Nissan Skyline rally drivers remind you that anything is possible!
European Rally Championship driver Tomasz Kasperczyk may be the guardrail’s biggest fan after one kept his car from flying down a steep hill at the Rally Islas Canarias.
I think I love everything about this little video. It’s like one of those ‘80s comedies about the underdog winning against all the mean rich kids, just told with a handful of cars and a very tricky hairpin turn. Watch to the end and you’ll see what I mean.
On Saturday morning, over 400 rusty crap-cans assembled in Troy, Michigan to partake in the grueling Gambler 500, an on and off-road rally in northern Michigan specifically for $500-ish cars. It was an awesome shitshow filled with some of the most questionable repairs I’ve ever seen.
Sometimes I think that rally teams should be the only ones allowed to touch my car. If you want something fixed fast and right, you probably need Kris Meeke’s crew from the Citroën team. Meeke’s car looked like a write-off after a crash, yet it was back up and ready to race in just three hours.
One thing you don’t think electric cars can typically do is rally. Long distances, probably very few charging stations along the way—it doesn’t really sound like a place where an electric car can flourish. And then there’s this Nissan Leaf.
Sometimes there’s just one tricky, evil part of a rally stage that breaks cars. During last weekend at Poland’s Śląska Rally, a moist section of road liked to slide people breaking from a faster part of the stage right into a car-eating, sometimes car-flipping ditch.
Rally Mexico had one of the most incredible ends to a rally ever, with Citroën World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke winning the rally despite flying off the road for a detour through a spectator parking lot. Now Citröen has remixed the video to offer several funny explanations for that detour.
This is no ordinary Porsche Cayenne S—it’s been kitted out with a mild lift,
meatier tires, under-body armor, snorkels and a lot of other trick gear
to race in Germany’s GORM Open Rally Raid. Has there ever been a more perfect Cayenne? I’m going to say no. It’s beautiful.
There’s little more fun that getting your hands on a normal road car, prepping it for a rally and getting to send it—oh shit oh shit oh no this has not gone well.
It’s there. I mean, it’s not. You feel it. The absence. It weighs on you, a hunger. Maybe you could fulfill your inner empty with this excellent 2011 Ford Fiesta caged and prepped rally car previously run by one of America’s greatest talents.
Heaven is a place where a rally is won overall by a thoroughly ridiculous Mitsubishi Mirage. Marvel at these scenes from Rally America’s Rally In The 100 Acre Wood, where a monster Mirage R5 and a relatively normal looking Toyota RAV4 blast down the same stage roads. Everything is better as a rally car: fact.
DriveTribe sent Henry Catchpole to Sweden’s Below Zero Driving School, where they teach you how to drive rally-prepped air-cooled Porsche 911s on ice. Everything about the phrase “rally-prepped air-cooled Porsche 911s on ice” sounds like paradise to me. Holy crap, I need this in my life.
Today’s inspiration: a Volvo 242 running last year’s Salpausselkä Ralli in Finland that refuses to crash, no matter the odds, no matter its mistakes.
On the last stage of Rally Mexico, Citroën driver Kris Meeke plowed right off the stage road and into a parking lot. It looked like something straight out of Forza Horizon, yet he went on to win the rally anyway. That detour produced some of the most incredible in-car audio of the year, especially from Meeke’s shocked…
If you thought you had a miserable time in traffic this morning, you’ve got nothing on the World Rally Championship.