Category Archives: Rally

Group B Rally Racing will Get Your Blood Pumping


It’s Monday and it’s December, a deadly combination.  It’s hard to find the energy, and will power, to get out of bed in the morning.  If you’re still feeling grogy, here’s a vid of some old-school Group B-er’s hitting the dusty trails at 80+ MPH.  Better than your average triple expresso…

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10 Minutes of Pure Rally Crashes


I don’t think there’s a better way to kill 10 minutes on a Friday afternoon…

 

Via AutoBlog

Top Gear is Back this Sunday, November 14th!


Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday.  I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it.  What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.

Why Do Rally Drivers Need Co-Pilots?


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Friends have asked me this question before. They seem to think its as easy as knowing the race course, kinda like F1.  But rally is totally different; the courses are longer, road conditions vary and there are obstacles around every turn, not to mention fans hanging out on the track.

Watch as Irish rally driver Jimmy Deane pushes a Ford Escort MkII to the limits.  Driving instructions come from Barry Meade, the co-driver, whose driving instruction is so overwhelmingly positive, you’d think his day job was being a motivational speaker.

 

Via AutoBlog and their sources…

Ken Block Scares and Impresses Dirt2 Video Game Testers, Gets Mad Respect


Ken Block is good at driving. By good, we mean epic… and by driving, we mean drifting. Not only is he impressive to watch, but apparently being his co-pilot offers more thrills than the Kingda Ka. At the launch of Dirt2, Ken got to put the pedal to the metal for some video game testers, causing men to silently scream in terror and cry tears of joy.

Ken Block Hits the Salt Flats


Ken Block Bonneville Salt Flats

His 566 horsepower STi is pretty insane. With 590 ft-lbs of torque, his Impreza can sprint to 60MPH in 3 seconds flat. But that torque can be used for other things as well, like towing people on plastic trash cans…

Ken Block and his crew are at it again, but this time they are out setting some land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats using some less-than-traditional methods of transportation; trashcans, big wheels and plastic snow-sled from Wal-Mart. Good stuff, check out the mischief after the jump…

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RE: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Videos


Armed with a beaten up Subaru Impreza, 5 spare tires, an armory of fireworks and an apparently fearless crew of buddies, here is IMV’s response to Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos. I’m not even sure what to say about this spoof, except racing on public roads is bad, mmmk?!

Disclaimer:  What happens in this video is highly illegal, do not attempt to duplicate, imitate or recreate any of the stunts performed in this video… or else!

Hyundai & Co. Slice and Dice Footage, Hot Climb Attack Video Emerges


There’s been no shortage of Pikes Peak videos this year, here’s another to wet your palate.

Ken Block’s STi – Performance Stats & Figures


Ken Block’s Gymkhanna 1 and 2 practice sessions have set the bar for drift stunts, video production and outright lunacy. In his second practice session, Ken used an even more powerful STi on Subaru’s updated 2008 platform. It looked fast, didn’t it?  Well, somehow the guys over at Edmund’s “Inside Line” talked Ken into letting them borrow it and they were able to put down some concrete numbers on his STi’s performance. Get this:

  • Curb Weight: 2,775 lbs  (Stock STi = 3,352lbs, or 577lbs more!)
  • Engine Displacement: 2.65-liter (up .15-liter thanks to a Crawford Stroker Kit)
  • Turbo: GT35R @ 30 PSI
  • Fuel: E85
  • Transmission: Six-Speed Dog-Ring KAPS Gearbox
  • Power: 565 HP
  • Torque: 590 ft-lbs
  • 0-60 MPH: 3.0 seconds
  • 60-0 MPH: 115 feet
  • Quarter-Mile: 10.8 seconds
  • Skidpad Pass: 72 MPH
  • Lateral Grip: .90g
  • Audio: 115.9 decibels inside the cabin

Special Note: the transmission’s 5th gear was borked, so that quarter-mile time above skipped 5th and went straight to 6th, which means it’s capable of putting down an even faster time.  :)

There’s a laundry list of performance mods, if you’re interested, check out their post to get the low-down.

Video: Rhys Millen Rocks the Pikes Peak Hill Climb


Rhys Millen Pikes Peak Finish Line

Although Ford was unable to break the 10 minute barrier this year at the PPIHC, Rhys Millen did smash the two wheel drive record for the mountain, setting the bar at 12:09:397. He was driving his supped-up, Red Bull sponsored Hyundai Genesis for the run. If you want to check out his record-breaking run, hit the jump…

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2009 Pikes Peak Follow Up with Spoilers


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In case you didn’t hear, the 10 minute mark has yet to be broken at the PPIHC. Ford put forth two great cars and two world-class drivers, but this year, it wasn’t enough to shatter any records.  But if nothing else, a high-def video of Marcus Gronholm’s run was recorded, edited and put together by the Motor Trend team.  I think these guys had watched the Climb Dance video a few times, as some of the opening scenes share some resemblance.  Imitation is the best form of flattery and this video leaves little to be desired and improves on many areas that climb dance lacked; new camera angles, high definition video and an incredible sound track.  Check it after the break:

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb is this Weekend, Ford Going for the Gold


Pikes Peak Ford Fiesta Marcus Gronholm 2009

I’ve been to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb twice and it is nothing short of breath taking. Both times I sat in Devils Playground, which is a bank at the top of the mountain; other than being able to see all of eastern Colorado, the Playground affords you a view of a long straight flat twisty road which ends at a hairpin turn, immediately forcing the drivers up a steep incline.

This year, Ford has employed two world class drivers to push their 800 horsepower Ford Fiesta up the peak.  WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm and Swedish rally champ Andreas Eriksson will be piloting the Fiesta and their goal is to break the 10 minute barrier and break the current record of 10:01 set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007.

Here’s a video of what Ford has brought to the table, do you think they’ve got what it takes to claim the title?

A Great Tribute to Rally


I don’t know about you guys, but rally racing has a special place in my heart. The raw horsepower, ungodly amounts of torque and the anti-lag systems just scream raw power. Unfortunately you won’t get to hear any engines in this video, but it does have an excellent soundtrack. Sit back and soak up some rally heritage.

If that doesn’t quite do it for you, here’s another with a more modern score. It’s an oldie but goodie:

The Best Racing Video of All Time: Ken Block’s Gymkhana 2


Ken Block Gymkhana 2 - Subaru STi

It was just a short 8 months ago when Ken Blocks Gymkhana video hit the net and it was one of the wildest drift videos ever produced.  Utilizing a Crawford-prepped 530WHP Subaru STi, he danced through his Gymkhana practice course with the precision of Sebastien Loeb and finished by doing donuts around a brave soul riding a Segway.

Fast forward to today; Ken Block is now sporting a new STi that boasts 566 horsepower and a gazillion ft-lbs of torque. This is the best produced racing video I’ve ever seen (save for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb) bringing you long drifts, stupid-awesome stunts and lots of fire. So sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy the many sensations brought to you by the burning of rubber.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Ford Focus RS


2009 Ford Focus - Front Left

Could it be? Would Ford actually bring they’re road-going rally car to the states?  I sure hope so, because that means we’d be seeing these little beasts all over the place.  The 2.5-liter 5 cylinder engine puts out to 305 horsepower and nearly 300 ft-lbs of torque… that’s STi and Evo territory!  Ford says they’re considering bringing the RS stateside, but we wouldn’t see it in the showrooms for at least 2-3 years.  What do you think they should do? Would you want to own one?

Audi S4 vs. Skier


Gotta love Quattro!

Wallpaper of the Week – Citroen Rally Car


Sebastien Loeb Profile Photo

This weeks WOTW is dedicated to Sebastien Loeb, the winner of Rally Norway 2009 (and most World Rallies over the last 5 years).  He is undoubtedly one of the worlds greatest drivers, even Formula One is interested in picking him up.  He did pretty darn good too; 82 laps in Red Bulls F1 car is no easy feat. The G-Force’s alone would snap an average persons neck after 15-20 laps.  Too bad it is so late in his career, otherwise he could have a real shot at taking on the worlds premier form of racing.

Either way, there is no denying his dominance in the world of Rally.  He has won the Drivers Championship for the last 5 years, pitting Citroen at the top of the Manufacturers Challenge as well. So take this info into consideration when voting in our latest poll.  Enjoy the pix after the jump, happy Friday!

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Crap: Subaru is Leaving the WRC


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Times must be tough if the auto maker who made it’s name competing in the World Rally Championship is dropping out.  Sure, participating in the WRC is expensive, but it’s crucial for two things; R&D and marketing.  Subaru’s philosophy has always been to make safe, reliable cars that were fun to drive.  They incorporated lessons learned from the WRC into every vehicle they made.  Improvements to the engines, braking, handling, chassis structure and more were all derived from their Rally heritage.

It was probably tough for Subaru to bite the bullet on this, but maybe it makes immediate financial sense and will play into a longer-term strategy toward fuel efficiency, something Rally isn’t exactly known for.  As governement regulations get tighter across the board, Auto manufacturers can get pushed into a corner.  I never would have thought Suburu would drop their WRC team, but maybe it’s their only option for long term survival.

Goodbye SWRT and good luck to both Atkinson and Petter, two of my favorite WRC drivers.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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Incredible Drifting and Death Defying Stunts in a Subaru Rally Car


Ken Brock Does Donuts Around a Segway

You may or may not know the name Ken Block. If you haven’t heard his name before, he is a Subaru rally driver and co-founder of DC Shoes. He’s also the man who made a 171-foot jump in a Subaru Rally car. He is two things. First: an incredible driver. Second: utterly insane.

Here is an absolutely ridiculous video of Ken driving his 530WHP Subaru STi around the El Toro airfield in his Gymkhana car. Not only does he push his Impreza STi the very limits, but he does donuts around a guy who is riding a segway. Enjoy.

Source: 0-60 Mag

How Long Does it Take Subaru Mechanics to build their WRC Car?


Apparently it takes about 800 hours to transform a stock Subaru WRX STi into the neck snapping, gravel spewing rally car.  Check out this 3 minute long time-elapsed video, it’s amazing to see everything they do.