The consistently fastest event in the World Rally Championship is Rally Finland, beloved as much for its huge speeds as for its car-launching crests and jumps. Here’s the gnarliest one of the weekend.
World Rally Championship driver Mads Østberg lost a wing on his Ford Fiesta during Rally Sweden at speeds of nearly 124 mph. The sudden loss of downforce was a butt-puckering moment for sure, and made the car a handful to drive. Fortunately, fans found the wing and delivered it back to Østberg’s team.
While working on his Ford Fiesta RS during the FIA World Rally Championship’s Wales Rally GB on Friday, series co-driver Ola Floene believes he was bitten by a snake on the left hand. He didn’t realize at the time that he’d been bitten, and continued to compete through Saturday with a giant, swollen hand.
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.
Norway's Mads Østberg is one of the fastest rally drivers on the planet. He races for Citroën now, but here's a 40 minute videography of his career with Subaru.
These guys are certainly making the most of each of their two.
We last met Norwegian rally driver Mads Østberg when he successfully set the world record for jumping on snow in a rally car, but he seems to be having a much worse time in Portugal.
While the rest of us have been glued to our various terrible livestreams trying to watch the 12 Hours of Sebring, World Rally Championship driver Mads Østberg had something different in mind for his Saturday: attempting to set a new world record for the longest jump on snow in a rally car.
The man with the world's coolest name has now (unofficially) broken the record for the world's longest jump on snow. Ride along with Norwegian rally driver Mads Østberg as he jumps his Fiesta WRC car 164 feet through the air.