Are you into European-sports-cars-turned-rally-machines as much as we are? Well then, we're happy to tell you the Aston Martin V8 Vantage that was converted into a WRC rally car a few years back has come up for sale. You should definitely buy it. Welcome to You Must Buy, our daily look at the cars you really should be buying instead of that boring commuter sedan. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This 2013 Vantage was converted into an R-GT class competitor for the World Rally Championship in 2015 by Finnish race shop Mäkelä Auto Tuning. The conversion is extremely impressive, and looks like something that rolled out of a factory works garage. The car retains most of its stock body panels, but features some aero upgrades (a wing, a splitter and some canards), as well as a raised ride height, a super-cool light pod, and a roof scoop for cabin airflow. The inside has been turned into a full-on rally cockpit, with bucket seats, a roll cage, and a hydraulic handbrake. The … [Read more...] about Are You Rad Enough to Own an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Rally Car?
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Driver to return to WRC after four-year absence Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Last year, Ken Block announced that he would no longer race full-time in the World RX rally series. But he’s not ready to retire from rallying completely, of course. The Gymkhana star will compete in four stage rally events this year, including his first World Rally Championship (WRC) stage since 2014. In the WRC Spain rally this October, Block will pilot a 2017 Fiesta RS WRC. But it’s the car he’ll be driving in the other events this year that has us most excited: a 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Originally a European-market exclusive, the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, which was built as a homologation special so that it can qualify for Group A in the WRC. Under the hood of the Escort Cosworth was a 227-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired exclusively to a five-speed manual and … [Read more...] about Ken Block Debuts His 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally Car
Tweet TweetMini have announced their intention to once again have their products run around in the World Rally Championship trying to once more get the glory of the olden days when the original was running around in the famed competition. To this extend they’ve taken the new Mini Countryman and given it everything it needs to run with the big boys on the rough roads and special conditions. Since they’ve made some considerable progress on it, with the car managing to get past the first round of WRC tests the adoptive parents have made for a small photo release to celebrate the moment. While the car is still wearing psychedelic camouflage and a temporary body kit you should know that it sailed past tests on tarmac and low grip surfaces at the Prodrive facility. There are a few more systems check to undergo by the Mini Countryman Rally car but after that it still has the biggest hurdle yet, the week long gravel test Prodrive have in store for it. With practicality in mind, … [Read more...] about Mini Countryman Rally car is closer to the WRC
► 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