Tag Archives: WRC

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…

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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:

Wallpaper of the Week – Citroen Rally Car


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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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SPOILER: Rally Finland Results


Well, it was a great rally and everybody drove hard, but there’s no stopping Sebastien Loeb. He has been unstoppable for the last two years, and this WRC has been no different. But hot on his heels is Mikko Hirvonen, only 9/100th’s of a second behind Loeb. Chris Atkinson stepped up his driving skills to finish third on the podium, his first time finishing in the top tier at Rally Finland. Petter Solberg didn’t get any breaks during this rally, facing suspension problems and failures, was able to finish 6th behind Dani Sordo and Petter’s brother, Henning Solberg.  Full results can be found here -> Rally Finland Results

This year’s WRC is turning into a duel between Mikko and Loeb, with Mikko just 2 points ahead of Loeb in the Driver’s Championship. Next up is Rallye Deutschland on August 15th. Loeb won it in 2007, but will he be able to do it again? Check back in two weeks to see who pulls ahead in the upcoming high speed all-asphalt Rally!

WRC: Rally Finland Starts in 6 Days, 10 Hours… but who’s counting?


This has been an amazing year for the World Rally Championship. Mikko Hirvonen has the lead on Sebastien Loeb, but only by three points. These two have dominated the 2008 WRC, with 59 and 56 points respectively. Third place is currently held by Jari-Matti Latvala with only 34 points. Petter Solberg holds 6th place with 20 points, but he is the real wild card here. Over the last few years, he’s been riddled with car problems, time penalties, and general bad luck…. but his luck could change quickly with the arrival of his new car. The first time Solberg drove his new whip, he finished 2nd place at Rally Acropolis.

Rallying in the WRC since 1998, Petter has 13 wins under his belt and is the 2003 FIA WRC Drivers World Champion. He also came runner-up in ’04 and ’05, which should tell you that he truly is a world-class driver. You’ll be hard pressed to find rally on TV in the US, so check back next week for the results of Rally Finland.

Source: WRC.com

WRC: Petter Solberg takes 2nd Place in a new car!


This is really BIG news in the racing world for Subaru, one of the biggest names in the World Rally Championship.   Why is this such good news?  Subaru has had a rough run in the WRC over the last two years…Petter Solberg, their lead driver, has had tons of car problems, bad luck on the race courses, and even trouble from the WRC Officials.  Petter is regarded as one of the best drivers in the world but in the last season he couldn’t finish in the top three to save his life.  But Subaru knows they have one of the best drivers, so they just produced a better car for him to drive.  The new Subaru WRC car is a hatchback, the ideal body style for drifting in mud, dirt, snow, and tarmac.  The 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine produces 300 horsepower, per WRC regulations, but also manages to crank out 480 ft. lbs. of torque!  This new monster is just what Petter needed to get back on top, shown by him finishing 2nd place overall driving a new car in the toughest rally of the WRC.  The Acropolis Rally is in Greece, characterized by loose dirt and big rocks.  This means there is little grip on the track and even littler room for error.  Yet Solberg was able to keep it together and finish second, although Sebastian Loeb still reigns supreme in his Citroen.

Next up is Rally Turkey and I look forward to seeing Petter on the podium with another trophy in his hands.  For those who are interested, make sure to check out the pics of the new Subie below.