World Rally Championship

  • 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI - Photo credit: Appreciating Classics

    In the 1990s, Subaru was the manufacturer to beat in the world of rallying, thanks in part to the efforts of star driver Colin McRae. The success saw the launch of the first Impreza WRX, or World Rally Experimental, in 1992, and followed up the Impreza WRX STI in 1994 after a banner rally season. Then, in 1998, the most iconic model came: the Impreza 22B STI. It celebrated the Subaru World Rally Team's hat trick of World Rally Championship titles between 1995 and 1997, and just 424 were made—and now one of these could be yours. The 22B is listed for sale by British dealer Appreciating...

  • 2021 Hyundai i20 N prototype
    Hyundai developing i20 N alongside next WRC fighter

    The Hyundai N division is developing an i20 hot hatch inspired by Hyundai's next rally fighter.

  • 2019 Hyundai i20 WRC
    WRC will go hybrid from 2022

    The FIA World Motor Sport Council has confirmed the introduction of hybrid cars to the World Rally Championship.

  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport rally car concept
    Porsche 718 Cayman rally car concept makes debut

    Porsche's rally cars of the 1980s are the stuff of legends. We're talking cars like the 911 SC RS and 959 Group B heroes. While Porsche has focused more on the race track than the dirt track in recent years, you'll still find modern Porsches at rally races around the globe. These are typically...

  • Rally cars at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
    The 10 coolest rally cars of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    Lord March's driveway wasn't the only place to burn rubber in Southeastern England on sunny Friday. Carved into a densely wooded hill near Goodwood House, the anchor of a 12,000-acre estate that caters to car enthusiasts with the Festival of Speed, sits a mini rally stage. It's a playground for...

  • Ken Block's 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car
    Ken Block's latest ride is a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car

    Ken Block will likely have some downtime ahead as Hoonigan Racing Division and Ford lay their World Rallycross Championship days to rest. However, in the meantime, Block has a new toy, and he brought it by Hoonigan headquarters for the team to get a closer look. It's none other than a 1991 Ford...

  • WRC Ford Fiesta flies over 160 feet at Rally Finland

    The world of rallying is filled with high speeds through dense forests, wide open blasts across desert landscapes, and aggressive hand-brake slides to rotate through tight corners. Occasionally, it's also marked by massive, full-throttle jumps such as the one you'll find at Rally Finland. This is a fast rally, and one jump in particular lets the cars pretend they're airplanes for the day. A Ford Fiesta WRC race car was attacking the track. Driven by pilots Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen, the car was running flat out when it approached the point of vertical rotation. Into the air it...

  • Robert Kubica
    Kubica to test Renault’s 2017 F1 car, Ogier samples a vintage Red Bull

    Strengthening rumors that Robert Kubica may make a return to Formula 1, Renault Sport has confirmed that the Polish driver will test its R.S.17 following this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The French team, whose current drivers are Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer, has revealed that it has...

  • 2018 Proton Iriz R5 rally car - Image via James Ward/Chicane Media
    Proton reveals rally car

    Malaysian automaker Proton has decided to go rally racing. Proton, which owns Lotus, commissioned British motorsports and engineering firm Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM) to develop a car for the World Rally Championship 2 (WRC2) series. The series, which uses the same stages as the World Rally...

  • Toyota at the 2017 Rally Sweden
    Toyota tastes victory in only second rally of WRC comeback

    Toyota in 2017 made its return to the World Rally Championship after a 17-year hiatus, and the automaker has already tasted success just two rounds into the season. Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila drove the number 10 Toyota Yaris WRC to victory in this past weekend’s Rally...

  • WRC Highlights for the 2016 season
    The highs and lows of the 2016 WRC season

    Another year of the World Rally Championship is in the books, and that means a French man named Sébastien has won the title. In 2016, Sébastien Ogier won the Driver's Title and he helped Volkswagen nab the Manufacturer's Championship. That marks the fourth season in a row for Ogier...

  • 2017 Citroën C3 WRC rally car
    Citroën will have the coolest car in the 2017 World Rally Championship

    Because of a change in the regulations allowing for greater freedom when it comes to aerodynamics, cars competing in the 2017 World Rally Championship will look radically different to what we’ve become accustomed to over the past few seasons. And one car in particular will be the most...

  • 2017 Toyota Yaris WRC prototype

    Organizers of the World Rally Championship have implemented numerous rule changes to ensure there’s plenty of action throughout the 2017 season, and a video out showing Toyota’s new Yaris WRC rally car testing is proof of the awesomeness that is to come. The video comes to us from YouTube user TheTeevoman and shows the Yaris WRC undergoing cold-weather tests. The snowy trails are no match for this pint-sized rocket which drifts and slides its way through the corners and manages to get massive air going over the hills. Doing the driving is Finnish rally driver Jari-Matti Latvala. A...

  • 2017 Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car
    2017 Ford Fiesta RS WRC revealed, Sébastien Ogier confirmed as driver

    A new rally car based on the upcoming seventh generation of the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Fiesta subcompact has been revealed. The rally car has been developed by M-Sport, a British motorsport and engineering outfit that’s helped develop a few Ford rally cars including the Focus RS RX for...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Polo R WRC rally car
    VW to quit WRC after 2016, focus on customer racing

    Volkswagen and its Polo WRC has dominated the World Rally Championship since entering in 2013, but the automaker, which has just clinched its fourth-straight Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, on Wednesday confirmed it is quitting the sport after the 2016 season. The announcement means...

  • Sébastien Ogier
    VW snags World Rally title while World Rallycross title goes to Audi

    The past weekend was a busy one for rally fans as championship titles were awarded in two top-level competitions: World Rally Championship and World Rallycross Championship. In WRC, it was Frenchman Sébastien Ogier and his co-driverJulien Ingrassia taking top honors—the fourth time in...

  • 2017 Toyota Yaris WRC car
    Hyundai, Toyota unveil new-generation 2017 WRC cars

    The World Rally Championship has struggled in recent years, despite incredibly scenic locations, impressive cars, and some of the best drivers the world has ever seen. Starting from 2017, though, we may see a resurgence in the sport’s popularity, as both the cars and competition will be...

  • Citroën C3 WRC concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Next-gen Citroën C3 previewed by Paris-bound WRC concept

    Cars competing in the 2017 World Rally Championship will look radically different to what we’ve become accustomed to over the past few seasons. The regulations allow for cars that are wider and feature bodies designed with greater freedom in regards to aerodynamics, with many already...

  • Teaser for 2017 Citroën C3 WRC

    Citroën has provided an early look at the new rally car that will compete in the 2017 World Rally Championship, and crucially it previews the next generation of the French automaker’s C3 compact car. Since the 2011 season, Citroën has been competing in WRC with a DS 3 from parent company PSA Group’s DS luxury brand. The arrival of the 2017 C3 WRC will mark the return of Citroën’s famous double chevron logo in the sport. Initial testing has been conducted at locations in France and Portugal. Engineers now need to go through the mountains of data acquired and...

  • Teaser for 2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC rally car
    2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC teased

    It’s still early days in the 2016 motorsport season but Volkswagen is already previewing its contender for the 2017 World Rally Championship. There’s a lot at stake as the next season will see Toyota make its return to the sport. VW has been the dominant force in WRC since it returned...

  • 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC
    2016 Hyundai i20 WRC Revealed

    Volkswagen has been the dominant force in the World Rally Championship over the past few years but Hyundai, which returned to the sport two seasons ago, isn’t giving up just yet. The Korean automaker this month unveiled its contender for the 2016 season, which once again is based on its i20...

  • Volkswagen celebrates 2015 World Rally Championship victory
    Volkswagen And Star Duo Of Ogier & Ingrassia Secure Third-Straight WRC Titles

    Volkswagen may not have much to cheer about right now but there’s at least one reason for the German auto giant to celebrate: a third-straight title in the World Rally Championship. Star duo Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won the Drivers’ Championship following their...

  • Toyota Yaris WRC prototype
    Rally Legend Tommi Mäkinen To Lead Toyota’s 2017 WRC Return

    Finnish rally legend Tommi Mäkinen, a winner of four World Rally Championship titles during the 1990s, will serve as team principal for the Toyota WRC team, which is set to start throwing gravel come 2017. The team will be competing under the newly established Toyota Gazoo Racing banner, and...

  • 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC prototype
    Hyundai Testing New i20 WRC, Rally Debut Delayed Until 2016 Season

    Hyundai was hoping to introduce a new i20 World Rally Championship racer this season based around a yet-to-be-revealed three-door version of the Korean automaker’s i20 subcompact. However, delays in getting the road car ready meant Hyundai’s motorsport division needed to stick with the...

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