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August 27, 2009 at 7:36 am | Posted in Cars | Leave a comment
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Group B.

Couldn’t be more evocative really, to any automotive enthusiast worth his/her salt, their mind will instantly conjour up images of massively be-winged and vented Audi Quattros, Lancia 037s and Deltas, Peugeot 205 T16s and Ford RS200s tearing through European countryside, spitting gravel and flame in equal measure. They were ultimately too fast and too crude for their time and, to be realistic, outlawing them was the only real option. But that doesn’t mean that they will be forgotten.

I would argue that they are the most fascinating rally cars of all time though. Modern WRC cars are just as fast point to point but they get the job done with efficiency rather than brute power. Nothing before or since has had both the presence of the Group B cars and the pure, outright speed.

Watch this amazing video, 10 minutes of Walter Rohrl, Stig Blomqvist and Hannu Mikkola manhandling their cumbersome machinery along the winding roads with no music or effects, just the musical accompaniment of the turbocharged Audi 5 cylinder on boost. You can really see how difficult to drive they were, understeer prone and amazingly fast, the nose lifting as the 2.1 5 cylinder comes on boost and all 450hp come out to play. The sound is unforgettable, I plan on owning something I5 oneday just to experience it.

There are many fantastic rallying videos on Youtube, check out Amjayes channel for many, many hours of rally goodness.

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