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A Lancia 037 Stradale Is One Way To Spend Half A Million Dollars 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Classics, Lancia, Rally Cars, WRC on 01 19th, 2018


We certainly love any good homologation special, but when a Lancia 037 Stradale shows up in our radar, we can’t help but feel a little weak at the knees.
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Once Driven By Rally Gods, This Subaru Legacy RS Is Now Up For Grabs 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Prodrive, racing, Rally Cars, Subaru, Subaru Legacy, UK, WRC on 01 13th, 2018


This might not be an Impreza but being a real Prodrive-raced Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car driven by none other than Ari Vatanen.

This is the same car that Vatanen was driving when he was leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally, ahead of Tommi Makinen, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen before crashing.

After the race, the car returned to Prodrive and was re-shelled in-house before it was sold to an Italian rally team. In 1995, the same car was driven by Richard Burns at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, finishing second overall.

The car then was re-shelled again but this time it was converted to a new Safari-spec Impreza shell, which is not uncommon for Legacy rally cars. In 2008, the car was bought by the Richard Burns Collection in order to completely rebuild it and bring it back to its original specs.

The task was overseen by ex-Prodrive man Ian Richardson, who created an authentic Prodrive-spec Legacy shell for the car which now comes with the famous K555 BAT number plate. The rather special Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car is presented in the correct gravel specification and livery it wore at the 1993 Acropolis Rally.

The blue-gold Subaru is powered by the period-correct works turbo 2.0-liter flat-four engine with 290hp, paired to an X-trac manual gearbox. It has covered around 60 miles (100km) since the rebuild and is currently heading to Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Competition Car Sale on February 23 with a price estimate between £120,000 and £140,000 ($162,000 to $190,000).

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Toyota Unleashes Updated Yaris On The World Rally Championship 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, Rally Cars, TOYOTA, Toyota Yaris, WRC on 01 11th, 2018


See this? It’s a Toyota Yaris. But not just any old Toyota Yaris.

As you’ve probably figured out from the photos (if not the headline), this is Toyota’s new World Rally Championship contender, unveiled at Autosport International ahead of the upcoming rally season.

The 2018 model is based closely on the version that the Japanese automaker (through its German motorsport base) entered in the championship last year, but benefits from some upgrades learned over the course of that campaign.

That means a revised aerodynamics package, specially tuned to generate more downforce at the front for better steering response. The tweaked bodywork also helps deliver more cooling to the mechanical components underneath, which will come in handy particularly at some of the hotter events on the calendar.

Last year in its debut season, the Toyota team won two rallies – in Sweden and Finland – to land fourth in the drivers’ standings and third in the manufacturers’ championship. The competition will be no less fierce this year, but with the new equipment, Toyota might just improve on its already impressive track record and recapture the crowns it last won in the 1990s with the Celica.

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First Official Look On M-Sport’s Factory-Backed 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 01 11th, 2018


Ford has officially announced its financial and technical support to the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for the 2018 season.

Following an earlier report on the matter, Ford officially returns to WRC through M-Sport after withdrawing its factory team back in 2012.

Having Ford’s official backing helped M-Sport keep Sébastien Ogier in its ranks, who won the 2017 driver’s championship, with the second driver to be Elfyn Evans.

“Ford’s 20-year relationship with M-Sport has delivered unparalleled success at all levels of rallying, something we’re very proud of, and has also established Fiesta as the standard for rally competitors around the globe,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford’s global director of Motorsport. “Last year we supported M-Sport with the development of the all-new Fiesta that went on to campaign to an FIA championship win. For 2018, we’re excited to be able to provide even greater support.”

“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Ford over the years and it’s great to see that support increase as we look to defend our FIA World Rally Championship titles in 2018,” said Malcolm Wilson OBE, M-Sport managing director.

The 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 380hp and 331lb-ft (450Nm) of torque. The six-speed sequential gearbox was developed by M-Sport and Ricardo while the four-wheel drive system utilizes mechanical front and rear differentials, with the central one being an active unit.

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Skoda Rally Car Gives Taxi Passengers More Than They Bargained For 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Film, Rally Cars, Skoda Fabia, Skoda Videos, taxi, video on 12 25th, 2017


We expect taxis to be clean and comfortable. We expect the drivers to be punctual and professional. We don’t expect a lot of excitement from the ride, but that’s just what a handful of passengers in Prague got recently.

Skoda dispatched five-time Czeck Rally Champion (and onetime European champ) Jan Kopecký in one of its Fabia R5 rally cars to pick up passengers at taxi stands around the city and take them for what will likely be the ride of their lives.

“Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 through the city of Prague really was an unique experience,” said Kopecký. “Luckily nobody got stomach problems. Nevertheless I was well prepared having sickness bags in ŠKODA colours on board,” he laughed.

In lieu of cab fare, each of the 23 passengers was tasked with reading Kopecký the pace notes and operating the wipers so they could experience what it’s like to be a rally co-driver.

It was a fitting year-end celebration for the Czech manufacturer that won both the national championship and the WRC2 category for the third time running, making the Fabia R5 the undisputed king of its class.

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Enjoy The Sight And Sound Of A Rally-Spec Porsche 911 Carrera 25
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, rally, Rally Cars, video on 12 25th, 2017


Although this rally-spec Porsche 911 Carrera isn’t an official ‘Safari’ variant produced by the German car brand, watching it being built and driven is hugely satisfying.

The off-road story of this Carrera started when it arrived at Emotion Engineering in Newport Beach, California. From there, the sports coupe has been transformed into a punchy rally car with a competition-spec suspension system, reinforced chassis, and roll cage, plus a beefed-up 3.2-liter flat-six engine.

Rounding off the rally specifications meant fitting this 911 with a set of large off-road tires, skid plates, front push bar, roof rack, and off-road lamps. So, not only does it look the part, but it is actually right at home on precarious gravel paths.

Only those with a lot of money could ever think about transforming an air-cooled 911 into an off-road toy, but we’re glad this owner did just that.

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Few Things Are More Satisfying Than Rally Car Launches 24
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Lancia, Lancia Videos, rally, Rally Cars, video on 12 24th, 2017


There’s something remarkable about rally cars and those who drive them.

Equipped with short-ratio gearboxes, top-level rally cars are among the most accelerative vehicles on the planet. One could also say they’re among the most versatile race cars too, capable of rocketing through gravel stages lined by trees, thick snow, mud, and tarmac faster than almost anything else on four wheels.

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it’d be a nice idea to treat you, our readers, with some of the finest rally sounds around, as filmed by YouTuber Marchettino at the 15° Rally Legend 2017 in San Marino.

The clip features some exceptionally potent rally machines at the start of the stage, including the likes of various Peugeots, Lancias, and even an Audi ur-Quattro.

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Few Things Are More Satisfying Than Rally Car Launches 24
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Lancia, Lancia Videos, rally, Rally Cars, video on 12 24th, 2017


There’s something remarkable about rally cars and those who drive them.

Equipped with short-ratio gearboxes, top-level rally cars are among the most accelerative vehicles on the planet. One could also say they’re among the most versatile race cars too, capable of rocketing through gravel stages lined by trees, thick snow, mud, and tarmac faster than almost anything else on four wheels.

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it’d be a nice idea to treat you, our readers, with some of the finest rally sounds around, as filmed by YouTuber Marchettino at the 15° Rally Legend 2017 in San Marino.

The clip features some exceptionally potent rally machines at the start of the stage, including the likes of various Peugeots, Lancias, and even an Audi ur-Quattro.

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1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Is A Rare, And Pricey, Italian Legend 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Galleries, Lancia, Lancia Stratos, rally, Rally Cars, used cars on 12 16th, 2017


An absolutely jaw-dropping 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale has appeared for sale on Bring A Trailer and, at the time of writing this article, had a highest bid of $311,000.

This particular Stratos HF Stradale is the 44th of just 492 examples homologated for World Rally Championship Group 4 competition and has had just two owners from new. While many classic Lancias are garage queens, this Stratos was driven frequently during its early years and currently has 71,008 km (44,122 miles) under its belt.

Still, the Italian sports car retains its original engine, transmission, chassis and the beautiful body styled by Bertone.

The car rolled out of the factory on July 1, 1974 and was first registered on July 8, 1977 and driven roughly 20,000 km during the next three years. The second owner acquired the car on June 18, 1980 and drove it roughly 50,000 km before putting it in storage in 1984.

Alongside its original powertrain and exterior, this Stratos has a highly-original interior, apart from the renewed seat bolsters. To give the car a new lease on life, the factory coilover suspension has been rebuilt and restored, and the brakes fitted with rebuilt calipers, new lines, and Karp’s rotors. Additionally, a set of period-correct Michelin XWX tires have been installed.

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VW Polo GTI R5 Rally Car Rockets From 0-62 MPH In 4.1 Seconds 4
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Polo on 12 4th, 2017


Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new Polo GTI R5 following a preview last month.

Introduced earlier today in Spain, the Polo GTI R5 is a turn-key rally car that was designed to compete in the R5 class alongside rivals such as the Citroën DS3 R5, Ford Fiesta R5, and Skoda Fabia R5.

As part of the transformation from street car to rally car, the Polo has been outfitted with an aggressive body kit includes a sportier front bumper, extended fender flares, and a large rear spoiler. The model has also been equipped with lightweight wheels, a roll cage, and an assortment of safety equipment.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 272 PS (200 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a five-speed sequential racing transmission that sends power to permanent four-wheel drive system. This enables the 1,320 kg (2,910 lbs) rally car to rocket from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds.

The Polo GTI R5 will be homologated next summer and the first deliveries are scheduled to occur shortly thereafter. If everything goes according to plan, the car should celebrate its racing debut next fall.

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Can Someone Spot Us $600k To Buy A 1985 Lancia? 27
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Lancia, Lancia Delta, Rally Cars, used cars on 11 27th, 2017


The only car Lancia makes today is the Ypsilon. It’s only sold in Italy, and it starts at around €13k. So why on earth would we be tempted to spend nearly 40 times that on an old one? It’s not like this is a Stratos or something, right? It’s only a Delta.

Well, that may be what the name says. But as you might have guessed, this is no ordinary Delta.

This is a 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale, which shares about as much in common with the budget hatchback which it was designed to resemble as Martin Truex Jr’s NASCAR Cup-winning “stock car” shares with a road-going Toyota Camry. Which is, to say, very little.

The Delta S4 was a purpose-built Group B rally machine that was based more closely on the Lancia 037. It employed a tubular space frame chassis, in the middle of which sat a 1.8-liter twin-charged inline four driving all four wheels.

Though the homologation rules for Group B were quite lax, Lancia was required to make a couple hundred road-going examples, each priced at about a hundred million Lire – or five times the price of the most expensive road-going Delta HF Turbo (which itself was no slouch).

It had to be detuned slightly from the competition version. So instead of 500 horsepower, it packed less than 250, sent through three differentials to send it to 60 in about six seconds and on to a top speed of 140 mph. Hardly supercar figures by today’s standards, but there are probably still few cars that could wind their way up an unpaved mountain road in any conditions as fast as one of these could.

This particular example has barely been used, with fewer than 500 miles on the clock. Given its highly original condition, it’s listed for sale on JamesEdition by Jean Lain Vintage for €500,000 – or nearly $600k at current exchange rates.

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MINI John Cooper Works Buggy Revealed For The Dakar Rally 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Dakar, MINI, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars on 11 21st, 2017


MINI has introduced the new John Cooper Works Buggy which will compete in the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Set to be driven by the X-raid team, the JCW Buggy is a rear-wheel drive model that is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 340 PS (250 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

The model rides on a tubular steel frame and features unique bodywork that was developed in “close cooperation with MINI Design.” While the model doesn’t look like anything in MINI’s lineup, the rally car is extremely lightweight as its body is constructed out of Kevlar and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

The rally car has already undergone an extensive testing program which has seen the model tackle tough terrain in places such as Morocco and Hungary. X-raid team manager Sven Quandt says these tests have been quite successful as the “buggy never had to stop once due to a technical problem.”

The JCW Buggy will be joined by the familiar JCW Rally. Despite looking virtually identical to last year’s model, the latest JCW Rally has “targeted advancements” including a new chassis which is lighter and allows for more suspension travel.

MINI will be bringing seven vehicles to this year’s race and the three JCW Buggies will be driven by Mikko Hirvonen, Bryce Menzies, and Yazeed Al-Rajhi. The four JCW Rally models will be piloted by Orlando Terranova, Jakub Przygonski, Joan “Nani” Roma, and Boris Garafulic.

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WRC Fans Risk Death At Rally Australia 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 11 21st, 2017


During the early 1980s, Group B rallying redefined the motorsport world but due to its dangers, was dismantled after just a few years.

In its heyday, rally stages were often packed with thousands of spectators risking their lives to get as close to the cars as possible. Nowadays, stages of the World Rally Championship feature dedicated viewing areas, often many meters away from the road. To most, these safety measures are tolerable.

However, during the recent Rally Australia, a number of spectators were filmed getting way too close to the road, lying down in a ditch just inches away from where the drivers go, Jalopnik reports.

These screenshots taken from the broadcast of the Welsh Creek stage, show at least four men putting themselves in harm’s way to try and get the best picture possible.

If any of the drivers had misjudged the apex of the right-hand corner, the men angling to get the best possible shot would have been killed. No question.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the joint-recipients of the 2017 Darwin Award.

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WRC Fans Risk Death At Rally Australia 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 11 21st, 2017


During the early 1980s, Group B rallying redefined the motorsport world but due to its dangers, was dismantled after just a few years.

In its heyday, rally stages were often packed with thousands of spectators risking their lives to get as close to the cars as possible. Nowadays, stages of the World Rally Championship feature dedicated viewing areas, often many meters away from the road. To most, these safety measures are tolerable.

However, during the recent Rally Australia, a number of spectators were filmed getting way too close to the road, lying down in a ditch just inches away from where the drivers go, Jalopnik reports.

These screenshots taken from the broadcast of the Welsh Creek stage, show at least four men putting themselves in harm’s way to try and get the best picture possible.

If any of the drivers had misjudged the apex of the right-hand corner, the men angling to get the best possible shot would have been killed. No question.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the joint-recipients of the 2017 Darwin Award.

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Matt Farah Drives The Iconic Lancia Stratos 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Lancia, Lancia Stratos, Lancia Videos, rally, Rally Cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


The last Lancia models weren’t anything special, but if you wind the clock back a few decades, you’ll find that the automaker produced some of the most iconic road and race cars ever built.

Although it is impossible to pinpoint one as being better than the other, the Stratos is considered by many to be the quintessential Lancia. Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire recently had a chance to test out one and discover if it lives up to the hype.

For his test, Farah jumped into the driver’s seat of a red example and mentions a few unique quirks about the car.

For starters, this Stratos has been geared to max out at roughly 55 mph (88 km/h). What’s more, the driving position is also very curious, as the pedals are offset a few inches off to the right.

However, as you’ll see in the video that follows, these quirks do not detract from the Stratos’ character one bit.

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