When the M-Sport car of Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt broke a suspension arm on the Ouninpohja stage (SS4) during Rally Finland, they whipped out one of the best LeMons-grade on-stage fixes I’ve seen in quite some time.
Even front-wheel drive Fiestas go sideways on dirt. Here’s what happens with AWD and a pro WRC driver. »
Yeah, yeah, work, school, not tired anymore, early tee time with the ex-president of Yakestonesia, whatever. Let’s be honest: the real reason you draw breath each moment is to watch rally cars toss up huge clouds of dust and do sweet jumps.
[Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will once again head to Italy in the #7 and #8 Hyundai i20 WRC cars respectively, while Hayden Paddon will drive under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team in the #20 car, one year on from his debut for Hyundai Motorsport in Sardinia.] »
Poor Elfyn Evans didn’t have the best time at Rally de Portugal. First, his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC experienced throttle problems which plagued him all throughout Day 1. Then his car just gave up the ghost on SS8, and guess what? That ghost was a fire spirit. »
The 00 car at a rally has an important function: run the course before the competitors to inspect everything from signage and bannering to whether or not spectators are in the right locations. That is, unless it’s on fire. Then it doesn’t do a very good job of checking anything. »
Every motorsport fan has a favorite driver, a favorite team and a favorite car, but how many can mention a favorite racing car livery, so easily? Fortunately, I can think of many—and that’s why, in my regular series, we’ll be bringing you a collection of outstanding examples of motor racing liveries, both well-known… »
Never mind the loose wheels rolling around SS1 of Rally de Portugal. They’ll be picked up eventually. »
This is what a complete strut tower failure looks like. Or, you know, what it would look like if your suspension did its best Alien chest burster impression. »
Crashing is bad enough. Rolling down a hill into a lake is probably the worst case scenario, ever. Here's the onboard footage from the crash where driver Ott Tänak and codriver Raigo Mōldar plowed nose-forward off the track and rolled into a reservoir during the World Rally Championship's Rally Mexico. »
Winter rallies pose another challenge that you may not think of: everything is white. Driving into the sun is bad enough. Driving into the sun surrounded by blindingly white snow is a whole 'nother problem. Watch World Rally Championship driver Andreas Mikkelsen do it right. »
Rally Mexico has not gotten off to a good start. Ford's WRC team lost contact for 17 minutes with their crew after Estonian driver Ott Tänak rolled off the road into a lake. »
In the 1980s, international rallying was virtually unrestricted. The cars became more and more powerful until a series of horrifying fatal crashes led to the series' cancellation. It's a story worthy of a film. In fact, one is getting made right now and it stars the dude from Game of Thrones. »
Back in the late '80s, Ford had two versions of the Group A Sierra it could run in rally: there was the XR4x4 that had AWD but a weak old motor, and there was the RS Cosworth that had power to match its rivals but only RWD. This combination didn't make a WRC champion; it made a beast. »
People are always wondering how a Group B rally classic would compare to a more modern WRC car. Here you go. »