Rally

  • Petter and Oliver Solberg

    Rally world champion Petter Solberg and his son are aiming for more as one career ends and another begins.

  • Second-generation Ford Escort rally racer
    Ford's legendary rally racer, the Escort, turns 50

    There are only a handful of cars that have reached legendary status thanks to their participation in rally racing, but perhaps chief among them is the Ford Escort. And this year marks the nameplate's 50th anniversary as the original made its debut in 1968. Immediately, the car found success in...

  • This is what the center differential does for a WRC race car
    Here's how a World Rally Car's center differential works

    One of the great bits of tech that remains from the glorious era that was Group B rally racing is the center differential. With it, race beasts from the likes of Audi, Peugeot, Ford, and Lancia all battled for all-wheel-drive supremacy on the greatest rally stages the world over. The need for...

  • Team O'Neil talks about racing drive shafts versus street car drive shafts
    What's the difference between street and rally car driveshafts and CV joints?

    Driveshafts, or propshafts, and constant velocity (CV) joints are crucial to the proper and safe operation of a vehicle. They are necessary to move a car forward and make it turn. But what sort of equipment is needed for a race car? In this video, Wyatt Knox and Tim O'Neil himself from Team O'Neil...

  • A Porsche rally team swaps an engine and transmission in under 12 minutes
    Porsche rally team installs an engine and transmission in 11 minutes

    Any rally race is brutal on a vehicle. Constantly changing terrain, high speeds, and steely eyed competitors conspire to wreak havoc on a vehicle. The East African Safari Classic Rally is one such bit of motorsport, but it ups the challenge by restricting the field of entry to classic racing...

  • Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 replica
    Group B rally racing was too dangerous to live on

    When someone mentions Group B, enthusiasts' minds immediately recall thoughts of monstrous racers with insane amounts of horsepower, wild body kits, and incredible danger. Danger. That's the one reason why Group B was not long for this world. Donut Media dedicated a whole episode to the history of...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car

    Prior to pulling out of the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season, Volkswagen had been developing a new rally car based on the sixth-generation Polo hatchback. Rather than let the design go to waste, as well as the experience gained from 4-straight WRC titles (from 2013-2016), Volkswagen said it will offer a Polo rally car to customer teams. On Monday the German automaker revealed its new Polo-based rally car at a special event held in Mallorca, Spain. The car is called the Polo GTI R5, and as the name suggests it’s built to meet the FIA’s R5 rules. The 4-door...

  • Mini John Cooper Works Buggy for 2018 Dakar Rally
    Mini John Cooper Works Buggy revealed for 2018 Dakar Rally

    Mini and the X-Raid Team will head to the 2018 Dakar Rally with not one, but two rally racers. The Mini John Cooper Works Rally will return, but the all-new John Cooper Works Buggy also will tear up the terrain. Mini revealed the Buggy rally racer Tuesday and noted its rear-wheel-drive layout...

  • Rally driver crashes into a guardrail during the Canary Island Rally
    Rally driver avoids cliff tumble thanks to sturdy guardrail

    Engineers all over the world just felt a pang of near panic, but then the immediate soothing calm that comes from knowing their work matters. This time that feeling came as a result of a cliff-side guardrail doing exactly what it's designed to do. In fact, this guardrail might've been worked a bit...

  • 770-hp Prospeed Audi Sport Quattro S1 at the 2015  Verzegnis-Sella Chianzutan rally
    Eine Kleine Forestmusik: 770-HP Audi Sport Quattro S1

    Grab your afternoon coffee, pop on your headphones, and tune out your boss: this is your next two minutes. Or, if you’re like us, your next ten minutes, after you hit repeat four times. Five cylinders, a trainload of boost, and one iconic rally car took on the Verzegnis-Sella Chianzutan rally...

  • Daniel Muller drives his Mercedes-Benz 300SL flat-out at the 2012 Arosa Classic Car Rally.
    Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Driven Flat-Out On Mountain Hillclimb Is Pure White-Knuckled Amazing: Video

    Take a few million dollars and then proceed to attempt to throw it off a mountain at 100-plus-miles-per-hour, and then see how many people call you crazy. Do exactly that in a car worth a few million, and see how many people call you a hero (and mumble about your insanity under their breath). ALSO...

  • Röhrl and Ekstrom test the Audi S1 EKS RX and Audi Sport Quattro
    Walter Röhrl, Mattias Ekstrom Thrash Rallycross Audi S1, Ur-Quattro: Video

    If you need any more reason to watch the video above than Walter Röhrl and a pair of 600-hp Audi rally cars, you might want to reassess your life. DON'T MISS: 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Runs 1/4-Mile On Performance Data Recorder: Video Also joining the fun, piloting the Audi S1 EKS RX, rallycross...

  • Rally driver rolls car, comes back to win anyway

    If there’s one thing that illustrates the indomitable spirit it takes to win in racing, it’s the scenes of a rally driver and co-driver overcoming a late barrel roll into the woods to save the overall win. MUST SEE: Red Bull F1 Car Goes Technicolor With Tire-Melting Infrared Burnout: Video It’s a scene we’ve seen before, like this Spec Racer Ford driver who got spun and charged back 25 places to take the victory. And it’s that spirit that defines the will to win. Here, Patrick Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell are leading the Rally Baie-Des-Chaleurs when...

  • Toyota GT86 CS-R3 WRC rally car
    Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car To Make WRC Debut In Germany: Video

    This is the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 rally car, and it’s amazing. It will make its debut in WRC competition at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, August 21-24. Built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the new GT86 CS-R3 rally car is the realization of last year’s announcement that it...

  • Subaru and Mark Higgins set a new record on Mount Washington's Climb to the Clouds
    Inside Subaru's Climb To The Clouds (Video)

    Pikes Peak might get all the media attention, but the 'Climb to the Clouds' held over 7.4 miles of asphalt up New Hampshire's Mount Washington is even older, celebrating its centenary this year. While the first attempts took over 24 minutes to complete in steam-powered vehicles, recent competitions...

  • 13-year-old rally driver Kalle Rovanpera scares his passenger with speed
    13-Year-Old Finn Rally Driver Scares Hilarious Passenger: Video

    It’s been five years since we last checked in with Kalle Rovanpera. Back then he was wheeling a ratty rally car in preparation for a career in the WRC. Fast forward to 2014 and the mighty Kalle is no longer a mere 8 years old, and he’s well on his way toward WRC stardom. His passenger...

  • Mads Ostberg drives a Citroen DS3 WRC
    This Furious, Insane On-Board Video Will Make You Want To Rally: Video

    If you’ve never been to a rally, find one and go to it. You’ll love it. If you don’t know why you will, watch this video. The driver is Mads Ostberg, the car is a Citroen DS3 WRC, and the insanity is the setup dial-in for the Rally Portugal. Of course, the danger for any...

  • Daniel Jovanov makes amazing car sounds
    Human Car Sound Simulator Nails It Four Times In A Row: Video

    We’ve all done it, but some of us are better at it than others. Making car sounds with your mouth is an elemental part of being an enthusiast. This guy makes some truly amazing car sounds. ALSO SEE: Dubai Police Cars Are The World's Fastest: Video Live from the grounds of Rally Australia (via...

  • Sébastien Loeb and Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car seek Goodwood hill climb record

    Sébastien Loeb is undeniably the living master of all things unpaved, and, as he proved at last year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, he can chuck a car around just fine on asphalt, too. Now, he's aiming for the top of the charts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed's famous hill climb. His chariot of choice will be the same Peugeot 208 T16 that took him to the world-record Pikes Peak run, packing 875 horsepower and scrappy all-wheel drive as well as more down force than a locomotive hauling bricks. Loeb's target is Nick Heidfeld's current record, a blast through the 1.16-mile...

  • Travis Pastrana tests for his comeback to Rally America in the 2014 100 Acre Wood
    Travis Pastrana Returns To Rally America With Subaru At The 100 Acre Wood: Video

    Subaru has dominated the last three seasons of Rally America competition thanks to the speed and consistency of David Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew, who've already started off the season with a win at the Sno*Drift rally in January. Now, Higgins is rejoined by former championship winner...

  • Ken Block to race World Rallycross
    Ken Block Joins FIA World Rallycross

    Known for his Gymkhana series, but a serious rally race driver at heart, Ken Block is expanding his competitive schedule this year to include World Rallycross. Racing his Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta, Block will join ex-F1 and NASCAR driver Jacques Villeneuve on the World RX circuit...

  • David Higgins and Subari clinch third consecutive Rally America championship.
    NBC Sports To Air Rally America National Championship, With Some Delay

    NBC Sports will air coverage of all eight Rally America National Championship events.

  • Volkswagen Snowareg gets fans ready for Rally Sweden
    Red Bull Snowareg Is A Snow-Thrashing Touareg On Tracks

    The Volkswagen Snowareg has been bringing snowy joy to the world for more than a year, but now that it's wearing Red Bull livery and thrashing about in the frosty forests of Sweden, that can only mean one thing: rally! ALSO SEE: This 963-HP, 196-MPH Mitsubishi Colt Is Totally Bonkers: Video The Red...

  • Gymkhana 6 GoPro Edition gives new insight into the driving
    Gymkhana 6 'GoPro Edition' Puts You In The Driver's Seat: Video

    Ever wanted to imagine you're Ken Block as he flies around the Gymkhana course, setting the incendiary four-wheeled burnouts in motion? Here's your chance: Gymkhana 6 GoPro Edition. MUST SEE: Tesla Model S Takes On 2014 Corvette Stingray At The Drag Strip: Video There are dozens of other points of...

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