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.
After Group B cars were banned from the WRC, they moved to rallycross competition, where they raced against each other with even more powerful engines than on rally stages.
The era of Group B rally cars fighting for top honors in (at least British) rallycross ended in 1993, finally catching up to the WRC’s homologation with Group A cars.
So watch this 1992 race at Lydden Hill, with Metro 6R4s bashing and banging against each other to the finish.
Group B cars still run classic events, but this was one of their last real competitive showings, fire-breathing and sideways as ever.
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