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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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Ford Returning To WRC With M-Sport In 2018 27
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Motorsport, racing, Reports, WRC on 12 27th, 2017


Ford will increase its involvement in the World Rally Championship following M-Sport’s hugely successful campaign with Sebastien Ogier.

Ford ended its factory involvement in the sport after the 2012 season, leaving M-Sport as a solo effort using Ford rally cars. On the back of winning this year’s title, Ogier expressed his desire to see Ford provide factory support to M-Sport.

Well, Ogier’s Christmas wish has been granted with confirmation that the British team will now be known as M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.

Speaking to Motorsport, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson expressed his optimism for the partnership.

“It’s great to see the Ford name back alongside M-Sport in the World Rally Championship. We welcome the increased level of technical support from Ford Performance. Defending the two world titles is going to be a big job for us next year, so we’re very grateful for the support from Ford.”

M-Sport recently confirmed that Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans will stay with the squad next season.

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Sebastien Loeb Returns To The WRC With Citroën – For A While 22
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Citroen, Motorsport, rally, WRC on 12 22nd, 2017


Remember Michael Schumacher retiring from Formula One in 2006 and returning in 2010? Well, the World Rally Championship is about to experience a similar comeback, as Citroën has announced that Sebastien Loeb, by far the most successful rally driver in history, is returning next season, albeit only for just three rounds.

Now 43 years old, Loeb left the WRC after 2012 having clinched his ninth world championship and nothing left to prove. He has since contested only five world rallies (four in 2013 and the Monte Carlo in 2015), but hasn’t been present at all these past two seasons.

Instead he’s been trying his hand at other forms of motorsport. He set the Pikes Peak hillclimb record in 2013 with the Peugeot 208 T16, contested the Dakar Rally twice with Peugeot (coming in a close second last time), won six races with Citroën in the World Touring Car Championship, and competed in various other series like the World Rallycross Championship, Porsche Supercup, and FIA GT Series.

He’ll be back at Dakar and the WRX again this season with Peugeot, and will contest three rallies with sister company Citröen, with which he won all nine of his world titles. Having already tested the new C3 WRC, he’ll be back behind the wheel in Mexico come March, then Corsica in April and Spain in October – all rounds which he’s won previously.

“The feeling you get in rally is one of the most thrilling feelings I have ever experienced, and I was excited about driving one of these new WRCs in a race,” said Loeb. “I don’t have any expectations, I just want to enjoy myself.”

With 13 rounds on the calendar next season, he won’t be able add another championship to his cabinet if he sticks to racing in only three events, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can compete after all these years out of the scene.

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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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Citroen Still Pondering WRC-Inspired Hot Hatch 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, Citroen C3, Hot Hatch, Reports, WRC on 10 17th, 2017


Citroen continues to ponder the possibility of launching a WRC-inspired variant of the C3 aimed at competing with the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI.
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Toyota’s New Racing Chief Takes The Worst Job In Motorsports 7
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Le Mans, TOYOTA, WRC on 08 7th, 2017


Is Toyota the first name you think of when it comes to racing? Maybe, maybe not – but it does compete in a wide array of motorsports. And those activities will now be coordinated by this guy right here.
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Watch A WRC Ford Fiesta Soar 164 Feet Through The Air 2
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Ford Videos, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, video, WRC on 08 2nd, 2017


The World Rally Championship may not attract the viewership of Formula One but the sport is arguably just as exciting, if not more so.
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Watch A Four-Time World Rally Champ Try His Hand At F1 24
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, video, WRC on 07 24th, 2017


Talent is talent, and a Sebastien Ogier certainly has it in spades. He's already won four World Rally Championships, and he's still in the prime of his career. But how would his raw ability translate to Formula One?
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Proton To Return To World Rally Championship In 2018 20
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Motorsport, Proton, racing, Rally Cars, WRC on 05 20th, 2017


Proton may not be heard in the western world as much as it used to, but the Malaysian automaker continues to churn out a range of models for markets in South East Asia and has a long and rich history in motorsport.
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The Story Behind Toyota’s Secret Group S MR2 Rally Car 6
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Rally Cars, TOYOTA, Toyota MR2, WRC on 05 6th, 2017


The Toyota 222D is the company’s secret rally project that never saw any action, as it was set to participate in FIA’s stillborn Group S category.
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Kris Meeke Wins WRC Mexico Despite Crashing Into Parking Lot 14
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, Citroen Videos, Motorsport, racing, Rally Cars, video, WRC on 03 14th, 2017


With all-new cars and a selection of significant team and driver changes, the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship has already proven to be one of the most exciting in recent years.
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