Hyundai Motorsport was fined €50,000 (approximately $56,540) from the World Rally Championship for accidentally using the wrong rear side windows on their car. They didn’t just grab the wrong ones for one event, either. The wrong windows have been in use for all of 2016.
Drones will revolutionize everything, we’ve been told. But one of the best things that’s undergoing that revolution right now is the world of racing – and there’s no better place to see it that change coming than in the World Rally Championship. Because it looks drop-dead gorgeous.
Who flies better, the helicopter or the Citroën of World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke and codriver Paul Nagle? Meeke flew to his second ever WRC win and Citroën’s 95th WRC win at Rally Portugal, so I’m inclined to pick the car here.
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.
Behold, the most aggressive Yaris ever made, testing in full camouflage. Next year’s World Rally Championship cars promise to be some of the most aggressive looking ones in years, and even Toyota’s humble Yaris is no exception.
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.
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…
In front of you is a Ferrari F430 Scuderia, a Porsche 997 GT3 RS, and a Subaru. You pick the Subaru.
The cow seemed largely nonplussed.
Kiwi Hayden Paddon is a rising star in the top level of real-cars-on-real-roads motorsport, the World Rally Championship. And he has some surprisingly good advice on what to look for when you buy your first car.
‘One owner, only driven on weekends’ has never been more amazingly misleading.
Just two races into the FIA World Rally Championship season, a disagreement between drivers and organizers led to plans for a boycott by competitors. That plan failed to materialize, but did get nearly half of the stages cut from the rally.
Welcome to Rally Flashback, where we look at previous versions of the upcoming round of the World Rally Championship. Rally Sweden is one of the classic rounds of the WRC, and the only winter rally on this years calendar. This year the conditions will feature less snow and more ice/gravel, possibly similar to what we…
Driving on pavement is great and all, but driving on gravel is more fun. But which car built for gravel is the best?
Jari-Matti Latvala failed to stop and check on the photographer he hit in a low-speed crash during Stage 11 of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, and the World Rally Championship isn’t happy about that. Latvala claimed that poor visibility kept him from seeing the man on his hood, and the series didn’t buy that excuse.
Watching rally cars is fun. Watching rally cars while crouched inches away from them as they drive at highway speeds, with your back pressed against a no-escape rock wall? Less fun.