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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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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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This Classic Beetle Is Running The Baja 1000 With VW’s Blessing 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 11 9th, 2017


To compete in an event as punishing and exhausting as the SCORE Baja 1000, you need a vehicle that’s as rugged and robust as it is powerful and capable. Something like… a 1970 VW Beetle?

That’s what the team at ProjectBaja.com has in store for this year’s rally raid, and it’s doing it with backing from Volkswagen itself.

The vintage bug packs its original 1.6-liter boxer four, air-cooled, with a type-1 transaxle. Fortunately the rest of the vehicle has been beefed up for the rigors of the famously grueling cross-country rally.

The cabin’s been stripped out, for starters, and fitted with a full roll cage, buckets, and harnesses – along with essential communication and navigation equipment. The gas tank was also replaced by a 22-gallon safety cell, and the tires with BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber, mounted to 15-inch wheels and a beefed-up suspension with external-reservoir Fox dampers, stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty rear torsion bar.

The modified Beetle will compete in Class 11 when the 50th running of the Baja 1000 kicks off a week from now in Ensenada, Mexico, before finishing 1,134 miles later in La Paz on the other side of the Baja California peninsula.

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This Classic Beetle Is Running The Baja 1000 With VW’s Blessing 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 11 9th, 2017


To compete in an event as punishing and exhausting as the SCORE Baja 1000, you need a vehicle that’s as rugged and robust as it is powerful and capable. Something like… a 1970 VW Beetle?

That’s what the team at ProjectBaja.com has in store for this year’s rally raid, and it’s doing it with backing from Volkswagen itself.

The vintage bug packs its original 1.6-liter boxer four, air-cooled, with a type-1 transaxle. Fortunately the rest of the vehicle has been beefed up for the rigors of the famously grueling cross-country rally.

The cabin’s been stripped out, for starters, and fitted with a full roll cage, buckets, and harnesses – along with essential communication and navigation equipment. The gas tank was also replaced by a 22-gallon safety cell, and the tires with BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber, mounted to 15-inch wheels and a beefed-up suspension with external-reservoir Fox dampers, stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty rear torsion bar.

The modified Beetle will compete in Class 11 when the 50th running of the Baja 1000 kicks off a week from now in Ensenada, Mexico, before finishing 1,134 miles later in La Paz on the other side of the Baja California peninsula.

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Volkswagen’s Returning To Rallying With New Polo GTI R5 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Polo on 11 7th, 2017


Volkswagen disappointed rally fans when it withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of last season. Now, less than a year later, the German automaker has announced its return to the rally scene, just in a very different capacity.

Instead of fielding its own Polo R WRC in the top-tier rally series, VW is preparing to offer another version of the Polo to customer teams.

Previewed for the first time in this teaser sketch, the new Polo GTI R5 is being built by the same people behind the previous version – including VW Motorsport technical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison and Sebastien Ogier‘s race engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh.

Full specifications haven’t been announced, but the R5 is being based on the new Polo GTI with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine employing direct injection to channel 270 horsepower to all four wheels through a five-speed sequential gearbox.

“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to transfer our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing successfully, and offer a first-class racing machine for countless rally championships from national series to the WRC,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets. “Before the first race outing next year, we will subject the Polo GTI R5 to rigorous testing to make sure it is prepared for the extremely varied track conditions around the world.”

Once it’s released in the second half of next year, the Polo GTI R5 will join the Golf GTI TCR touring car in Volkswagen’s growing customer racing portfolio. It’s a well-trodden path for the VW Group, with other divisions offering customer racing cars like the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Audi RS3 LMS, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Seat Leon Cup, and (most pertinently) the Skoda Fabia R5 that competes in the same class.

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Volkswagen’s Returning To Rallying With New Polo GTI R5 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Polo on 11 7th, 2017


Volkswagen disappointed rally fans when it withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of last season. Now, less than a year later, the German automaker has announced its return to the rally scene, just in a very different capacity.

Instead of fielding its own Polo R WRC in the top-tier rally series, VW is preparing to offer another version of the Polo to customer teams.

Previewed for the first time in this teaser sketch, the new Polo GTI R5 is being built by the same people behind the previous version – including VW Motorsport technical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison and Sebastien Ogier‘s race engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh.

Full specifications haven’t been announced, but the R5 is being based on the new Polo GTI with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine employing direct injection to channel 270 horsepower to all four wheels through a five-speed sequential gearbox.

“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to transfer our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing successfully, and offer a first-class racing machine for countless rally championships from national series to the WRC,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets. “Before the first race outing next year, we will subject the Polo GTI R5 to rigorous testing to make sure it is prepared for the extremely varied track conditions around the world.”

Once it’s released in the second half of next year, the Polo GTI R5 will join the Golf GTI TCR touring car in Volkswagen’s growing customer racing portfolio. It’s a well-trodden path for the VW Group, with other divisions offering customer racing cars like the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Audi RS3 LMS, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Seat Leon Cup, and (most pertinently) the Skoda Fabia R5 that competes in the same class.

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Sebastien Ogier Wins Fifth World Rally Championship Title 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Motorsport, racing, rally, Reports on 10 30th, 2017


Rally superstar Sebastien Ogier has claimed his fifth WRC title after securing third at Wales Rally GB over the weekend.
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Scott Speed Wins Third Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Motorsport, racing, rally, Rallycross, Red Bull on 10 17th, 2017


Scott Speed has secured his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars championship, narrowly beating Tanner Foust.
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Ken Block Goes Old-School With Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally Car 8
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Cosworth, Ford, Ford Escort, Ford Performance, Ken Block, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars on 10 8th, 2017


Block giveth and Block taketh away. Only this time it's the other way around.
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Michael Andretti Throws His Support Behind Electric Rallycross 26
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Motorsport, racing, rally, Rallycross, Reports, VW on 08 26th, 2017


Michael Andretti has thrown his support behind a future electric Global Rallycross championship.
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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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Funniest Rally Race Ever 13
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Funny, Off Topic, Popular, rally, Videos on 08 13th, 2013

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:

Source: Carbuzz







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