The most complicated of the Group B rally legends, the Lancia Delta S4 was mid-engined, supercharged and turbocharged with all-wheel drive. But more importantly, it goes very very very very sideways.
Ken Block may be known for the endless madness in his Hoonigan race cars, but his road car is just as worthy. It’s a 1986 Ford RS 200 Evolution—a Group B-era rally homologation special so insane that you have to lift up the entire rear bodywork just to refuel it. It’s perfect and I’m in love with this car.
Back in the 1970s, Nissan was sort of stuck in a rut. The gas crises had ballooned the profits and export sales of the Japanese auto industry as a whole, but Nissan had lost its edge against Toyota and even the young upstart Honda. Particularly bad was Nissan’s prestige model, the Skyline, which had gone from a…
Under normal circumstances, a Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works car would be absolutely incredible to drive or own. One goes up for sale next month, except it has a unique twist—it’s never once been driven or raced.
I know it’s a bold claim to make in today’s era of hyper-collectible, ultra-rare 911 variants, but I would have been totally fine if Porsche had made more than only 20 of these Group B 911 SC/RSes. They look and sound awesome and I need more. Just watch this rare Porsche slide around and you’ll understand.
You might look at this car, a custom track special built around the twincharged engine of a Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car, and see that it has a very small roof. No. Mm-mm. It has a hat.
There are always fascinating ideas getting passed around as Lego Ideas proposals, but this one flew straight to our attention. Creator AbFab1974 chose to depict the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 2 Group B rally car in its natural habitat: catching some air.
That’s a one-of-15 Porsche 924 GTS Clubsport chasing a Lancia Stratos chasing a Lancia 037, shot from a Lancia Delta S4. There are good days, then there are good days.
Autodromo just came out with an updated version of their Group B watch and, like the cars it uses for inspiration, they’ve called it the Evoluzione. Naturally, they got a Group B rally car along for the promo work.
Ever since the Audi TT got a dual-clutch transmission back in 2003, these are-they-manuals-or-nah gearboxes have become the hot new thing in the high-performance car world. But Audi first tried out a double-clutch more than 30 years ago, in the fearsome Sport Quattro S1 rally car.
[When Citroën got Lotus to turn their Visa hatchback into a top-level rally car, did Lotus move the Visa’s front engine to the rear, as was standard for the WRC monsters of the day? No! They just stuck a Visa body on a Lotus Esprit chassis. Read more about this cancelled program at Weird Cars. Photo: Citroën, or maybe…
The only problem with Group B rally cars (other than the whole ‘they killed a lot of people’ part) was that rallying never gave them the opportunity to race wheel to wheel. Then came rallycross.
In the 1980s, Lancia developed a supercharged and turbocharged (aka twincharged) engine for their midengine/AWD Delta S4 Group B rally car. The idea was the two compressors would eliminate any kind of lag in boost. It doesn’t look like it worked out that way.
There are many cars, but only some of them are the Ford RS200.
[For reasons I cannot recall, Citroën built a Group B rally BX, here on the '86 Monte. Photo: Citroën]
Hey, there’s a Ferrari Group B rally car for sale.
Back when Group B rally cars were running virtually unrestricted, faster than sense or safety, newscasters called them 'supercars.' What if you took that Group B tech and applied it to a traditional supercar concept?
Do you love the Audi Quattro? Yes, you do. Here's one leaping into the air, for you to enjoy in perpetuity.
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.
The Metro 6R4 went down in history as the ugliest Group B contender this side of a Citroën BX 4TC, the car that gave its engine to the Jaguar XJ220, and the naturally-aspirated pocket rocket surrounded by all those turbo giants. 30 years on, it remains just as exciting as at its premier.