The Monte Carlo Rally last week was the festival of beautiful, tortuous oversteer that we all expect it to be. Now it just looks a thousand times better with drones.
This might be the most destructive powerslide of 2013 so far. One Audi Ur-Quattro rally slides off course and manages to chop a telephone pole in half.
Today we learned how rally co-drivers communicate through microphones with the sack of meat that turns the steering wheel using pace notes. That system is fine, but what happens when the mic breaks?
Ever wonder what's being said over an intercom during a rally? That strange language in the background of rally videos? The instructions are known as "pace notes" and they are read by the co-driver from a book while the two drive as fast as possible through a closed section of road called a "stage."
You know how drift cars are supposed to slide through corners and race cars are supposed to grip through them instead? What if we found a race car that drifts through corners with some of the biggest slip angles we've seen?
The video of a Rolls-Royce Phantom tearing sideways through the British countryside went viral and for good reason. The real mystery of the video was who was behind the wheel of the $400,000 car. Now we think we know the identity of the Stig's uppercrust cousin.
The 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom has a new bumper, some changes in the interior, and a rectangular LED lower light instead of the round one from before. You can even order it with an eight-speed automatic in case the six-speed ZF unit seems prehistoric.
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.