Everything is cooler in off-road trim—even the 420,666,069th Mazda Miata you’ve seen on the internet, or a Porsche 912 that was already cool. The masterminds behind the Gambler 500 recently dropped by Hoonigan for a good ol’ fashioned hoon-off, and needless to say, everybody wins in their battle of cool cars catching…
Sébastien Ogier isn’t just a ludicrously fast man. He’s also a good dude to our four-legged friends. Five-time World Rally Championship winner Ogier nearly lost his chance to beat the WRC’s other fast Seb, nine-time WRC champ Sébastien Loeb, at Rally México. Ogier had to risk his own finish to avoid hitting a dog on…
Colin’s Crest is one of the most delightful parts of Rally Sweden. Every year, the organizers have a mini competition on the Vargåsen stage as to who jumps the farthest over one particular crazy fast jump. Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville didn’t win the Colin’s Crest Award, but his jump was insane for other reasons.
Rally Sweden was a winter wonderland this year, but not for the drivers who went first. The first cars on a snowy stage inevitably act as snowplows for everyone behind them—and those later competitors then go faster on the clearer roads. One driver at Sweden had enough, so he arrived late to one stage, breaking the…
Rally is the fine art of blasting down narrow stage roads as fast as possible, and cars are usually spaced pretty far apart to allow that to happen. As such, the World Rally Championship can go years without anyone crashing in a pass, but it happened at Rally Sweden.
Everyone in the Canadian rally scene is familiar with Crazy Leo and his, uh, enthusiastic driving style. To wit: he and his codriver Alex Kihurani went careening into a snowbank at around 85 miles per hour, blew out a window, filled the car with snow and continuing on through the rest of the stage.
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.
Canada isn’t just for chuggling maple syrup on a snowmobile while pretending to be the God of Snow. It also hosts incredible rallies, including some utterly brutal snow rallies. The only thing missing is the present-day World Rally Championship cars, and fortunately, the Rally Promoter Association of Canada announced…
Ever watch a video and wonder how on earth that close call didn’t turn into a crash? Here’s a whole bunch of World Rally Championship clips like that for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.
Rules enacted last season have made the cars of the World Rally Championship delightfully extreme, wider, more powerful and more wonderful than they have been in years. Please watch as Jari-Matti Latvala absolutely hucks his Toyota Yaris sideways in a test session in Sweden as a demonstration of what I mean.
Not a single sports car finished this year’s Rallye Monte Carlo, which is a bummer. Sports cars belong in rallying.
This is why you should never stand outside of a corner on an active rally stage: You could get very, very hurt.
Rally drivers are the best drivers, and the best rally drivers run in the World Rally Championship. So it’s fun to watch even them struggle to even stay on the road on a particularly icy opening stage at this year’s Rallye Monte Carlo.
Don’t even bother to watch the .gif above. It’s all smoke and slide and flash, but it doesn’t do this Aston Martin V8 Vantage rally car any justice. The noise it makes is profane. It would be banned as obscenity in most lesser nations. It is, in short, insane and sublime.
Prior to Saturday’s 425km stage, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel had led the 14-day rally by 27 minutes over Peugeot teammate Sainz. Over the first few timing sections of the 7th stage from La Paz to Uyuni, Peterhansel had cleared another 3 minutes over Sainz, running like a man possessed. Unfortunately, while trying…
The most famous winter rallies in the world take place in the frozen norths of Sweden, Norway and Finland, but the gnarliest ones take place right here in America. Why? Because we run our snow rallies without studs.
Snow and ice lays before us. Veritably, it is the danger driving season. Nothing will set your brain sideways quite like this re-edit of the 2009 Rally Norway, where Citroëns and Fords and Subarus and Mitsubishis raced in white. Also, one guy had AC/DC on.
The World Rally Championship heads to the Rallye Monte Carlo later this month, and good news! The 2018 cars are already out testing. Here’s a sampling of the world’s angriest little hatchbacks that will compete for total rally domination this year.
The Pacific Northwest is home to Dirtfish Rally School, the hub for rallycross (and to some extent, rally) in America. There are a few interesting reasons why.