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This 2022 Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 Will Give Hyundai Lots Of Headaches

This 2022 Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 Will Give Hyundai Lots Of Headaches

Sébastien Loeb will race the car in Monte Carlo!

At the beginning of January 2022 Hyundai revealed its i20 N Rally1 contender for the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC). As you probably know by now, Rally1 is a special WRC series with cars using a hybrid powertrain and traveling specific road sections in electric mode only.

Now, is time for the i20 N Rally1 to meet its competition: the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1. The car will be making its competitive debut at the Monte Carlo Rally, January 20-23.

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Hyundai is the First to Reveal its Hybrid i20 N WRC Rally Car

Hyundai is the First to Reveal its Hybrid i20 N WRC Rally Car

Hybrid powertrain and a lot of other updates are required

In order to prepare for an all-electric era, the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC) will introduce a new set of technical regulations known as the "Rally1." For the first time in the WRC history, the Rally1 cars will use a hybrid drivetrain and they will have to travel in electric-only mode on specific road sections.

Hyundai is the first one to announce its Rally1 contender with a few weeks before the season’s start later this month. The car - the i20 N Rally1 - is based on the road-going version i20 N, but it has been developed from the ground up to accommodate the new hybrid setup.

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Top Gear Special: Formula E vs WRC vs Formula One Car... Drag Race In The Wet!

Top Gear Special: Formula E vs WRC vs Formula One Car... Drag Race In The Wet!

Stig’s Christmas wish came true as it took the wheel of Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 Championship winning F1 car against in one of the most extreme drag races of 2021

Top Gear recently put out a clip, which is most probably an excerpt from their Christmas special that airs exclusively on BBC iPlayer or BBC America. This was a big one you had some of the best cars from the world of motorsport go head to head in a drag race

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Its Official! Kimi Räikkönen, One of the Titan's of F1, is Retiring

Its Official! Kimi Räikkönen, One of the Titan’s of F1, is Retiring

The Iceman reveals that 2021 will be his Final Season. We take a look at his career and what makes him the Iceman

Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula 1 Champion who currently drives for the Alfa Romeo team, took to his Instagram account to announce his retirement from the pinnacle of motorsport at the end of this season. It also marks the end of his current contract with Alfa.

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WRC 8 First Impressions and Gameplay

WRC 8 First Impressions and Gameplay

If you’re a gamer and rally enthusiast, you need WRC 8

Bigben Interactive has been hard at work bringing WRC 8 to life, and we were lucky enough to get an early look at the game before it actually launches. How does it compare to other car games? Has Bigben and developer, Kylotonn, held true to the promise of improved graphics, physics, and overall gameplay? What about the redesigned career mode? Well, we’re here to tell you that WRC 8 is a huge departure from the last game, and I mean that in a good way. With that said, let’s take our first good look into WRC 8.

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Volkswagen To Leave World Rally Championship

Volkswagen To Leave World Rally Championship

Yep, it’s Dieselgate’s fault again

The motor racing world is still reeling from Audi’s decision to leave endurance racing at the conclusion of the 2016 season and now, it appears that the bad breaks aren’t over yet. Volkswagen has also announced plans to exit the World Rally Championship after the 2016 season.

The revelation is no less shocking than Audi’s departure from endurance racing, including Le Mans, because of Volkswagen’s outright dominance in the WRC ever since it entered the rally series in 2013. In fact, since it’s arrival, Volkswagen has yet to lose a driver’s or manufacturer’s title, having won both championships for four consecutive years.

But apparently, even outright dominance in the WRC is no match from the debilitating fallout of the diesel emissions scandal, which the German automaker admitted as being one of the primary reasons behind its exit from the WRC. The departure is even more upsetting when you consider that Volkswagen won’t get to line up in the same grid as Toyota, which announced its return to the world’s premier rally series in 2017.

The good news is that Volkswagen’s involvements in the WRC and rally racing altogether aren’t going to be shut down completely. The company still plans to develop new rally cars, including the new Polo rally race that’s being developed to R5 specifications. But instead of having an actual team like it has done during its short-lived, four-year dominance, the German automaker will develop these rally cars for customer teams. In addition, the company said that its involvement in the Global Rallycross program will remain intact with the possibility of the program even expanding past its current capacity.

So that’s the good news here. The bad news is that we won’t get to see Volkswagen compete in the WRC as its own team anymore, leaving behind the possibilities of what a Volkswagen-Toyota rally battle could have become.

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Colin McRae's 1997 Subaru WRC Imprezza For Sale

Colin McRae’s 1997 Subaru WRC Imprezza For Sale

The partnership between car and driver is something that sticks in our mind for life, and a prime example of such a partnership is Colin McRae and the Subaru World Rally Team. McRae may be gone, leaving this existence far too early, but his spirit will forever live on in WRC. But, there’s another way his spirit lives on, and you could own a piece of McRae’s amazing WRC history with the Subaru Impreza that you see here.

This car is a 1997 Subaru WRC Impreza that was driven by none other than Calin McRae during the 1997 FIA World Rally Championship. It’s currently in stock in Mohr Klassik’s showroom in Boblingen, Germany with a price tag of €280,000. That translates to about $313,000 at exchange rates as of September 2016. This car saw four World Cup race heats in 1998, then from 1999 to 2008, the car saw use in several World and European Championship rallies under private ownership. Its last run was in the Rally Legend in San Marino in 2008, after which it was fully restored to the condition you see here.

After undergoing a full restoration, the car has been in the hands of various collectors ever since, seeing very little time on the road, primarily for short testing. According to Mohr Klassik and the images, the car is in perfect condition and ready for use. For the record, this beauty is powered by a 2.0-liter that delivers some 300 horsepower and nearly as many pound-feet in torque. It weighs right around 2,500 pounds.

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WRC 2016 – Mid-Season Recap

WRC 2016 – Mid-Season Recap

Three rounds down, 11 more to go

The forty-fourth season of the World Rally Championship kicked off late in January with the historical Rallye Monte-Carlo. February brought Rally Sweden, while Rally Guanajuato Mexico was held early in March. So far, all eyes have been on defending world champion Sebastien Ogier and the Volkswagen Polo R WRC. With three consecutive titles to his name, the 32-year-old Frenchman looks to once again take top honors in 2016. However, that’s easier said then done, even for a driver as talented as Ogier.

Competitors like Mads Ostberg, Kris Meeke, Dani Sordo, and Hayden Paddon are all looking to challenge Ogier’s dominance, while teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen present an internal threat with VWs of their own.

If you missed the opening three rounds of the WRC, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Just click past the jump for a rundown on how 2016 is shaking out so far.

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2016 Hyundai i20 WRC

2016 Hyundai i20 WRC

Korean automaker Hyundai has evolved dramatically over the past few years, to the extent that it also announced plans to launch a series of high-performance models under its new N division. Although road-going vehicles wearing the N badge have yet to arrive, Hyundai did launch the division with the 2014 hyundai i20 WRC, which marked the brand’s return to rallying after an 11-year hiatus. Having already completed two full WRC seasons in 2014 and 2015, the i20 WRC has been updated for 2016 and showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Launched alongside the 2015 Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept car, the new i20 WRC has been developed at the company’s facility at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. With the 2016 WRC season set to debut with the Monte Carlo event in January, the Korean brand unveiled the race-ready model at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau.

Hyundai Motorsport will field three cars in every round of the 2016 championship, with Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville behind the steering wheel. The team will begin its third WRC season with two new i20 WRC cars and one previous model at Rallye Monte Carlo before increasing to three 2016 cars from Rally Sweden.

Hyundai also announced it is already working on a new rally car for the 2017 season. Dubbed R5, it is also based on the second-generation i20 and will be developed with help from Dutch driver Kevin Abbring throughout 2016. Development of the R5 will commence in the first half of the year with homologation to be completed in mid-2016. Privateers will be able to place orders for the new race car in the second half of the year.

Updated 12/10/2015: Hyundai confirmed that it will enter three cars in every round of the 2016 championship. The company also confirmed it is already working on a new rally car for the 2017 season and that it should be completed in mid-2016.

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WRC 2015 – Rally Deutschland

WRC 2015 – Rally Deutschland

After three days of asphalt-flavored action through vineyards, military tracks and flowing country roads, Sebastien Ogier took the win in Germany over the weekend, positioning him ever closer to clinching his third consecutive World Rally Championship title. Fellow Volkswagen teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen joined him on the podium, making for a clean 1-2-3 all-Polo R VW sweep at the make’s home event. Latvala finished 23 seconds behind Ogier, while Mikkelsen trailed by an additional 94 seconds.

Germany marked Ogier’s sixth win for the 2015 season and his 30th career victory, placing him alongside Marcus Gronholm in second for most all-time wins (Sebastien Loeb still holds the outright record at an astonishing 78 wins). In order to secure his third driver’s championship, all that’s left for Ogier to do is finish ahead of Latvala at next month’s Rally Australia.

However, Ogier said the focus in Germany was not on the driver’s championship, but rather on bringing a win to VW at its home event, something the make has failed to do since it re-entered the WRC in 2013.

“It was a perfect rally and that was the target, to try to finally give a victory here to my team and I’m proud to achieve that,” Ogier said. “The third title is getting really close so that’s fantastic, but this weekend the interests of the team were bigger than mine.”

The WRC next heads down under for Rally Australia, September 10th – 13th.

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WRC 2015 – Rally Finland

WRC 2015 – Rally Finland

The “Finnish Grand Prix” is always good for exciting sideways gravel action, and this year, the big crests and even bigger speeds once again favored a local for the coveted top spot. Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala claimed his 14th career victory on Sunday, marking his second win for the 2015 season and his third win at his home event. Latvala also set a new record for fastest event in WRC history, posting an average velocity of 125.44 kph (77.94 mph), besting the previous record of 122.89 kph (76.36 mph) set by Sebastien Loeb at the same event in 2012.

Trailing Latvala in second place was fellow Volkswagen driver and defending world champion Sebastien Ogier, who finished the weekend 13.7 seconds down on the Finn.

It was a slugfest between Latvala and Ogier for the majority of the weekend. Ogier was first out front with stage wins Thursday night and Friday morning, which placed him five seconds ahead of the Finn. However, Latvala fought back Friday afternoon, eventually eclipsing the Frenchman on SS8.

Saturday morning saw the two trade stage wins back and forth, with the gap between the frontrunners fluctuating by just a few seconds. But by the afternoon, Latvala had begun to pull ahead. Ogier finally settled behind Latvala on SS16, fearing a puncture after clipping a rock.

“This was one of the greatest drives of my life,” Latvala said at the end of the final stage, celebrating the win with his father. “I’m proud to be a Finn today. I’ve had a tough season but winning my home event is like winning half a world championship.”

While a disappointing finish at Rally Poland last month dashed Latvala’s hopes for a title, he devoted his attention to a strong showing in Finland, and clearly, the work paid off.

Meanwhile, Ogier seemed satisfied with second, saying, “An amazing battle and an amazing weekend – it has been a fantastic rally, I really loved it. Jari-Matti was so strong – well done to him. I have no problem to be beaten by such a Jari-Matti.”

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WRC Announces Updates For 2017 Season

WRC Announces Updates For 2017 Season

Cars competing in the 2017 World Rally Championship will be wider, lighter and more powerful, and have an all-around more aggressive appearance than the current cars. Sounds pretty good to us. While some specifics are still being hammered out between the FIA’s technical department and WRC manufacturers, the FIA World Motor Sports council made the decision to move forward with the new regulations on Friday in Mexico.

According to Autosport, the new regulations will allow the cars to produce 380 horsepower, up from the current 300 horsepower, thanks in part to a larger turbo restrictor, up from 34 mm to 36 mm. Boost pressure, meanwhile, will be limited to 2.5 bar. Other changes to the drivetrain will include the reintroduction of electronically controlled center differentials.

The increase in horsepower also comes with a sizable reduction in weight. The current cars have a minimum weight of 1,200 kg (a little over 2,654 pounds), but at 1,175 kg (about 2,590 pounds) the new ones will be 25 kg lighter.

On the outside, the new cars will be wider (from a current maximum of 1,820 mm to 1,875 mm), with more freedom for aerodynamic enhancements around the production-car body shell. Expect to see new aero devices on the front bumpers, including larger front splitters and dive planes, and larger rear wings. The wider fenders will also be allowed to have holes to reduce pressure within the wheel wells.

“There were three main objectives with these regulations; make the car spectacular, be mindful of costs, and maintain, if not increase safety,” said FIA Technical Director Bernard Niclot in a WRC press release. “The cars will be striking, there is no doubt about that, and there are small but always significant improvements in relation to safety.

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