We are well aware that rally drivers are the most versatile in existence, but we must also not forget that their mechanics are among the toughest, fastest and most resourceful in the car world.
Good luck driving to work today in your sensible sedan!
Rally racing is its own discipline, different from most other motorsports in that it isn’t all about power and, as a new driver, you’re certainly not going to feel as in control as you expected. That makes it tricky to choose a car if you’re not familiar with the style of racing.
Usually motorsport tests are boring enough to make your face bleed from every orifice. A car goes out, it does some boring laps, a car comes back in. Then an engineer sits with a laptop for several hours. But in rally? Hell nah. Jumps, my friend. Jumps.
Normally, Dominant Rally Man Stays With Winning Team wouldn’t be much of a story, but when that team is the only non-manufacturer squad in the World Rally Championship, it’s an off-season miracle. Lovable rally underdogs M-Sport announced today that five-time WRC champ Sébastien Ogier and his codriver Julien Ingrassia…
Portugal, 1992, and a Nissan Pulsar. If they can do it, so can you.
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Day 3 of the East African Safari Classic Rally was not kind to Stig Blomqvist. He’d built up a healthy lead in his Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911 on days 1 and 2. At the start of the third day he was forced to change an engine, which the Tuthill team accomplished in just 12 minutes. Thinking his problems behind him, he…
I don’t know why this is even a thing we need to discuss, but it is. Lamborghinis are meant to be rally cars.
World Rally Championship team M-Sport has the perfect send-off for drivers who leave their team: squirt them in their lap. Team mechanics rigged Ott Tänak’s car to spray water right between his legs at the season-ending Rally Australia, reports Motorsport.com. Tänak is set to move to Toyota next year.
“We’ve been working for 20 years now with different...kind of elements of government personnel,” former two-wheel drive national rally champion Wyatt Knox explains, “that I’ve signed a lot of things and I would disappear if I told you who they were.”
I venture out and into the realm of online, generally beset with emails I should respond to, tweet replies I shouldn’t, and bits of news I wish I hadn’t seen in the first place. And then I find myself slowly ambling back to 1980s rally videos.
These days the Ford MK2 Escort has been making the news, what with Ken Block ripping around in one lately. That’s great! And it reminded me of another old, little rear-drive rally car that sounded incredible: the Sunbeam Lotus. And that idle brain wander had me realize that the little Lotus was weirder than I thought.
World Rally Championship team M-Sport’s future may look bleak with the Tänak and Ogier Show likely to end, but they took home four major wins this weekend anyway: the WRC manufacturers’ championship a fifth drivers’ championship for Sébastien Ogier, another codrivers’ championship for Julien Ingrassia, and Elfyn…
2017 has been the year of M-Sport, a fan-favorite World Rally Championship team that’s currently beating big-budget factory rally efforts from Toyota, Citroën and Hyundai. But Ford won’t make M-Sport a full works team despite all its success, and now one of M-Sport’s most loyal drivers is leaving.
Women’s participation in motorsports is growing for sure, but it definitely doesn’t represent the ratio between men and women in the general population—yet. This has not escaped the notice of professional off-roader and bona fide badass Emily Miller, whose women-only Rebelle Rally has become one of the most grueling…
It’s really convenient when your car keeps tumbling back onto its wheels after doing a complete 180-degree roll onto its roof. Sure, you’re missing a few windows, but you’ve got to press on regardless. That’s rally.
If you thought Block was done with Ford when Hoonigan pulled out of World Rallycross, oh no. Ford’s not going to give up that PR-and-tire-smoke machine that easily. Now we finally know what Block’s future plans involve: one of the most insane cars of all time: a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car.
New Zealander Hayden Paddon may have been out of a World Rally Championship drive in Spain, but he can certainly whip around his Hyundai i20 AP4+ back at home. He’s been showcasing his talent and his home country in these breathtakingly gorgeous Paddon’s Playground videos, all of which rule.
With Ford pulling out of World Rallycross, that leaves one big question up in the air: are they going to put that money somewhere else? To me, there’s only one answer: Ford needs to make M-Sport its World Rally Championship works team before they lose the WRC’s second most successful driver ever: Sébstien Ogier.