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|Funniest Rally Race Ever||
This video will have you in stitches from the first couple of seconds!
An Indian rally driver and his co-driver struggle with communication during the race and thus, trouble ensues.
It seems that the driver of the car, known only as ‘Samir’, clearly didn’t listen to any instructions from his co-driver, much to the poor co-driver’s dismay.
The race took place at the 2013 Rally of Coimbatore, which is part of the Indian Rally Championship. It seems that the two miss communicated drivers are driving a Mitsubishi Evo.
Prepare for some long laughs, check the video below:
|Ferrari Enzo Goes Nuts WRC Style: Video||
Probably one of the more unlikely candidates for off-roading and rallying is a Ferrari Enzo. Well, just so happens that the guys behind the popular Rolls Royce Phantom rally video are at it again – this time with a 650 horsepower Ferrari Enzo. Whether you call this person adventurous or ‘NuckinFuts’, you would be rather accurate in your ‘choice’ words. Enjoy the video below and the bonus video of the infamous Rolls Royce Phantom having just as much fun as the Enzo.
|Ken Block & Alex Gelsomino Win Rallye Defi: Video||
Ken Block hasn’t exactly dominated in World Rally Championship competition, but we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, how many other WRC drivers have to run a shoe and clothing empire, come up with ever-more-insane Gymkhana videos and perform regularly at events like the X-Games before thousands of adoring fans?
Mr. Block and his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, still know a thing or two about going stupid-fast on surfaces that would have most of us sticking to third gears and early-apexing corners. Recently the pair competed in the Canadian Rally Championship’s Rallye Defi for the first time since 2009, taking top honors by a margin of three minutes and twenty seconds. Critics are quick to point out that Block and Gelsomino were driving a WRC-Prepared Ford Fiesta, built with little regard to details like budget or expenses. We’d counter by saying that every series has rules on modifications and horsepower, so Block and Gelsomino must have been within those rules in order to compete.
Whether you’re a Block fan or not, the driving in the this two-and-a-half minute video is impressive, and it makes one wonder just how much better you need to be to win at the top levels of the sport, in WRC. We love our track days, but sliding a car sideways on gravel at triple-digit speeds towards a group of spectators isn’t our idea of a good time.
|Chris Harris, Rally Co-Driver: Video||
Chris Harris would be the first to admit he makes a lousy passenger. He also doesn’t attend tire product launches, since his self-described job is reviewing cars, not components. Every rule has its exception, and when Harris was invited to the launch of the new Pirelli P7 Corsa Classic vintage rallying tire, he jumped at the chance.
Why would Harris attend an event where he’s merely a passenger and not the driver? Why would he waste time on a tire launch that isn’t even for contemporary sports cars? Two words sum it all up: hero worship.
To demonstrate how good the new P7 Corsa Classic is, Pirelli arranged ride-alongs with Markku Alén and Juha Kankkunen. Those names may not be familiar to those of us on this side of the pond, but Alén drove in WRC competition for Fiat, Lancia, Subaru and Toyota from 1973 to 1993. Only Sebastien Loeb has more stage wins in WRC, although Alén never earned a WRC championship.
Kankkunen, on the other hand, won the championship four times, driving for Toyota, Peugeot, Lancia, Ford, Subaru and Hyundai. In other words, both drivers have forgotten more about car control at speed than most of us have ever learned.
The cars that Harris would be chauffeured around in were special, too, including the legendary Lancia Stratos and Lancia Delta S4. The Stratos’ short wheelbase and mid-engine, rear drive layout quickly earned the car respect among drivers, since it was blindingly fast and easy to rotate, but utterly unforgiving of mistakes. The Delta, which was a bit more balanced, packed as much as 800 horsepower in various trims, making all-wheel-drive a necessity.
Of the experience, Harris said it might just be the best day of his working life. We certainly wouldn’t argue with that point.
|Just How Fast Is A Nissan GT-R?||
The video below contains some pretty damn impressive footage. Shot from the interior of a Porsche 911 competing in Australia’s Targa Wrest Point Rally, it shows a Nissan GT-R passing the 911, over the crest of a hill. Granted, my racing days never included time in a rally car, but I’d like to think that my simple rule against passing other drivers in mid-air helped keep me (and my car) in one piece. Listen to the gravel voiced driver point out at 0:10 into the video, “here comes a GT-R”, much the same way as he’d say “here comes a tornado” or “here comes a heat seeking missile”. I’d say the video is NSFW for language, but the driver is speaking Australian so the word is spelled differently.
It’s hard to judge the speed of the Porsche, but the driver is doing a respectable job of hauling ass. It doesn’t matter, since the GT-R walks him like he was parked, all the more amazing because the Nissan was bottled up behind the Porsche for a good seven or eight seconds. The ability to pull away with that kind of velocity is damn impressive in my book, and I tip my hat to the GT-R driver for being utterly fearless. Or absolutely insane, because the line between the two is rather blurry.
|Sno*Drift Update: Dave Mirra Stages Epic Comeback||
Dave Mirra has learned that to be fast, first you must be patient. Victory doesn’t come on the first stage or the first lap, but defeat is possible at any time. Things didn’t look good for Mirra after a tire puncture on one of the Sno*Drift Rally’s early stages dropped him to fifth place overall. They did, however, look good for Mirra’s teammate, David Higgins, who’d worked his way into first place in the early stages. Higgins’ luck ran out late on day one, when a mechanical issue forced him to withdraw from the rally.
The success of Subaru Rally Team USA was squarely on the shoulders of Mirra and his co-driver, Marshall Clarke. Thanks to Mirra’s new focus on pace, not speed, he was able to reign in second place overall on the second to last stage of the rally. Mirra and Clarke held on to second place in the last stage, which ultimately gave Mirra his best-ever finish in rally competition. Congrats go to privateer Travis Hanson, who became the first Super Production driver to take an overall rally win, proving that the little guys can still compete in grassroots motorsport.
|Subaru Prepares For The Sno*Drift Rally||
Subaru may have pulled out of WRC competition, but the brand is still very much active in the Rally America Championship. Travis Pastrana has moved on to NASCAR, but Dave Mirra is back for the 2011 season, joined by fellow driver David Higgins. Both will pilot Vermont Sports Car built Impreza WRX STIs for the 2011 season, which kicks off with this weekend’s Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan. The Sno*Drift event features some 130 miles of racing, over snow and ice covered roads. Nearly 33% of the event is run at night, and northern Michigan’s ever-changing winter weather usually creates some interesting challenges on the course. Rally America doesn’t allow the use of studded tires, which puts a heavy emphasis on car setup and smooth driving. Check out Mirra and Higgins shaking down their 2011 cars in the video below.
Rally America has lost some big name drivers in the off-season, which won’t help to boost the series popularity. Ken Block appears to be focusing on WRC, since he’s not running this year’s Sno*Drift (but I wouldn’t count him out for next month’s 100 Acre Wood Rally, which Block seems to win every single year). Travis Pastrana is figuring out the whole go fast, turn left thing, which leaves Dave Mirra as the closest thing Rally America has to a rock star driver. Look for Mirra to mature as a driver this year, since he clearly understands the importance of working with a co-driver to develop solid pace notes. In rallying, being fast is less important than being smooth and consistent, since nothing chews up time more than mistakes and crashes. Like the old racing wisdom says, “To finish first, first you’ve got to finish”.
|Audi Quattro Concept Fascinates Paris, Promises Rally Performance in Huge Quantity||
The Audi Quattro Concept, made for the toughest of races, is on show at the Paris platform. Sporting an astonishing garb painted red, white and black, the Audi rally car comes with a slew of high performance features hitherto unheard of. Or, that’s what Audi seems to proclaim with this concept.
A ventilated hood, a fairly big front lip spoiler, aerodynamic changes around the wheels and polycarbonate racing windows may be seen as some alluring aspects of the car. Besides, Audi has also thrown in a huge rear wing to add to the charm.
The rally-inspired concept that we see at Paris comes with a 402-horsepower (300-kW, 408-PS) 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, and that promises to return close to 480 Nm of torque. By those standards, the Quattro concept will have all in it to race from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Sounds good, right?
|Saab Gears Up For WRC Come Back||
Swedish manufacturer Saab has hinted coming back into the World Rally Championships. The last year in which Saab had participated in the championships was in the year 1979. Reports suggest that Saab is looking for a possible return to the series in 2012. The news comes after a comeback announcement by MINI.
Saab was on the brink of a virtual collapse late last year, when it was saved by Spyker after it came in as a potential buyer of the brand from General Motors. Since then there had been rumors of a Saab comeback into the rally. According to sources, senior officials from Spyker have already met with the rally’s organizers – and they are expected to go into the next round of talks at the Rally of France in October.
It has been reported that the initial meeting between Saab and WRC officials, and also the FIA commissions and promoter North One Sport, has already happened and there’s a huge amount of enthusiasm from all concerned. Like MINI, Saab has a great heritage in the sport and a return to the WRC is seen as a sensible move.
If Saab makes it to the rally, the car models to be used will be 9-1 or 9-2. Most Probably Saab will be using the BMW 1.6L engine which has been made for the MINI team.