Austin, who is surprisingly from Texas, has a BMW that he wants to sell and use the proceeds for something that he can transform into a machine that’s part daily driver and part rally-racer. This is a goal we can all support, so what car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I live in Texas and I drive a big, fancy BMW 5 series. It’s fine, but I’m looking to get into rallycross, so I would like to sell that car and get something that that is more suitable for racing in the dirt. I would prefer a rear-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive car, but it must have a manual transmission. I like hatchbacks and wagons and I don’t mind if it is over 10 or 15 years old as long as it is reliable. It also has to be something I can daily drive to work in between the races. In terms of budget, I can spend up … [Read more...] about I Want To Sell My BMW And Replace It With A Rally Car! What Car Should I Buy?
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If you thought Block was done with Ford when Hoonigan pulled out of World Rallycross, oh no. Ford’s not going to give up that PR-and-tire-smoke machine that easily. Now we finally know what Block’s future plans involve: one of the most insane cars of all time: a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car. The Escort Cosworth features a period-correct World Rally Championship drivetrain complete with a seven-speed sequential transmission, anti-lag, all-wheel-drive and a gigantic turbo, according to Ken Block’s announcement on the car. He plans to take it to stage rallies and do other shenanigans with it next year, as Block does. But one important question had to be asked b the Hoonigan crew: will it donut? Of course it will donut. Holy crap, it sounds glorious. I can’t get enough of this car already. I’m a sucker for huge wings (and donuts) and this has one of the biggest wings ever (and can also do donuts). Please, more. MORE. … [Read more...] about Ken Block’s New Race Car Is A Perfect Ford Escort Cosworth Group A Rally Car
It was over a year ago that we first caught wind of this Renault Megane rally car project. That’s when stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit first revealed his plans for the World Rallycross Championship. He showcased it during a pre-season test session late last month, but the car was still covered in camouflage. Now he and his partners have revealed the machine in full. And it looks pretty awesome. Designed as much for “show” as for “go,” this Megane RX was developed and built not by Renaultsport, but by Prodrive. The British motorsport consulting firm has that helped Mini and Subaru develop its victorious rally machines. It’s also the same company that effectively runs Aston Martin‘s racing department, and launched Honda’s previous F1 team. Its latest project takes the fourth-generation Renault Megane and transforms it for rallycross duty. The specially crafted rally car is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four developed by Prodrive to meet the … [Read more...] about RS Goes RX As Prodrive Reveals Chicherit’s New Megane Rally Car
Subaru has dominated rallying (at least in America) for the longest time, but there are all sorts of other unlikely cars that have been transformed into rally machines over the years. Which one is your favorite?Mine would have to be the last-generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Finnish race firm Mäkelä Auto Tuning took a coupe and turned it into a full-on rally car through the FIA's R-GT class, and it looks amazing. Moreover, it's one of the best-sounding race cars I've ever heard. Take a listen. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which unlikely rally car do you think is the coolest? It doesn't have to be based on a sports car like the Vantage, either—it could be something completely different, if that's what you're into. Your choice just has to be something you wouldn't normally see on a rally stage. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Coolest Unlikely Rally Car?
Chances are you’ve already heard of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. A smaller alternative to the high-speed desert-crushing Ford F-150 Raptor, it features a handful of fantastic off-road features and advanced suspension tech perfect for bombing down your nearest desert flatland. Here in the Northeast, where Road & Track’s online presence is based, we don’t have much desert flatland. But you know what we do have? Access to 600 acres of snow-covered New Hampshire backroads at one of the greatest rally schools in the country. Here’s how the ZR2 fared. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Our journey started at the Road & Track offices in midtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City. Our destination, Team O’Neil Rally School, was just six hours and 335 miles north. A road trip was in order, and the ZR2 turned out to be the perfect companion. From the front, the ZR2 makes its off-road chops known. The shaved bumper and sloping skidplate give tons of … [Read more...] about The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Is a Rally Car in Disguise
When you find out that a company started out as "Sunrise Automotive Industries" in the seventies, you know that this story is going to land in Asia. But not in China, the birthplace of the Great Wall Coolbear, nor in South Korea, where the Lotus Elan was once sold as a Kia. Instead, for this race car, the rally stages were set in the south-eastern corner of India, Bangalore. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Sunrise Automotive Industries Ltd., known as SAIL to its friends, was founded in 1975. The fiberglass warriors of south-east India started out with a four-door three-wheeler called the Badal. Our buddy Jason Torchinsky wrote about that wonder extensively, but the company's fine work didn't stop there. Reliant Kitten, 1975. FlickrJohn Lloyd Since the king of fiberglass cars was England's Reliant, and India had close ties to the former empire, the company now known as Sipani Automobiles Ltd. looked nowhere else for inspiration. Sipani first made a four-wheeled version of … [Read more...] about The Most Ambitious Rally Car of All Time
Everyone, for good reason, obsesses over the R32 Skyline GT-R, but it wasn't the only cool homologation special Nissan made in the early 1990s. The Pulsar GTI-R was a tiny, all-wheel drive hatchback built so Nissan could enter the World Rally Championship. It was never sold in the US, but Shinku Classics in Houston has an imported example listed for sale at $13,995. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The Pulsar GTI-R was powered by a version of Nissan's famous SR20DET 2.0-liter turbo-four, here making 230 hp. The GTI-R also used Nissan's ATTESA all-wheel drive system that split power evenly between the front- and rear axles. That's not quite as clever as the variable-torque-split all-wheel drive system used in the Skyline GT-R, but traction didn't seem to be a problem for the Pulsar GTI-R, since it could hit 60 mph in five seconds flat. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The Pulsar GTI-R street car was highly regarded, but unfortunately, its race-car counterpart didn't … [Read more...] about You Must Buy This 1991 Pulsar GTI-R, Nissan’s Forgotten Rally Car
► We take a spin in a 286bhp rally Fabia ► Fresh from winning the 2017 WRC 2 championship► What does the future hold for Skoda Motorsport?What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read the words Skoda Fabia? A cheap, practical supermini that’s still fighting to change the average car buyer’s view of the Skoda brand? Or maybe that TV ad in 2006 where a team of bakers crafted a scale model Fabia out of cake? Well, for those who’ve taken a keen interest in motorsport over the last few years, the humble Skoda resembles something of a championship-winning machine. This year alone, its all-wheel drive rally-prepped alter ego – the Fabia R5 – has taken the WRC 2 (World Rally Championship 2), Asia Pacific, South American, African and European ERC Junior U28 Rally titles, not to mention another 14 national crowns around the world. Of the 13 rallies during the WRC 2 season, 10 were won by crews in … [Read more...] about We ride shotgun in Skoda’s championship-winning Fabia R5 rally car
Volkswagen may have concluded its top-flight works rally programme at the end of the 2016 World Rally Championship season, but it hasn’t left the rally scene entirely. Enter the Polo GTI R5 rally car, a model which will be sold to private rally teams and is eligible for entry into the WRC2 category this year. Volkswagen Motorsport, the company’s arm for racing endeavours, plans for an initial run of 15 Polo GTI R5 cars, though all of these have already been spoken for. Most of these are going to Volkswagen importers who plan to enter the R5s into their respective national championships, says technical director of Volkswagen Motorsport François-Xavier Demaison. The Polo GTI R5 is slated for its competitive debut on home ground in August this year, at the Rallye Deutschland round of the World Rally Championship. “By then, we’ll have been able to put the car through its paces – the next time will be in the UK and then in the snow of Scandinavia in … [Read more...] about Volkswagen unveils Polo GTI R5 customer rally car
While it’s generally the Impreza-shaped rally stuff that grabs all the attention, we mustn’t forget that it was the Legacy that first put Subaru on the WRC map. Although it was retired and replaced with the Impreza before it was able to snag a championship, the Prodrive-built car’s results in the top flight of rallying improved steadily from its 1990 debut, culminating in a win and several podiums in the 1993 season. This particular Legacy RS is one of the Group A-spec machines Subaru ran that year, piloted by Ari Vatanen and later driven by Richard Burns during the 1995 Bettega Memorial Rallysprint. It was acquired by the Richard Burns Collection in 2008, after which is was painstakingly returned to its original Group A spec by Autosportif Engineering. It’s not entirely original: while much of the mechanical bits and pieces have been retained, a whole new bodyshell was created using the old technical drawings. It has kept its original chassis plate though, … [Read more...] about Of Course You Want This Group A Subaru Legacy Rally Car