Connoisseur of anti-lag.
Don't know what it is about them, but I'm in love with the look of the wide arch Mk.7 Fiesta.
Quality build and car looks fantastic going sideways!
4 days, 1 hour ago on Born To Slide:</br>That Drift-Focused Fiesta
@The_Stig_Farmer No doubt it is a classic (and an incredible sounding car), but it was one of the least competitive Group B rally cars, which is why I personally wouldn't pick it.
Like the RS200, rallycross is where the Metro 6R4 really shone.
5 days ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@GrahamCusack @tbtsttJust had it confirmed from an RS200 owner. The lever actually has three positions; 37:63, 50:50 or RWD. Apparently the lever was removed or locked in the 37:63 position in a lot of the road cars as an RWD RS200 is a bit of a handful!
6 days, 11 hours ago on Group B Lives: The Gatebil RS200
@GrahamCusack @tbtstt I've always understood that it was full RWD? Just checked in the McKlein Group B book and that states it could be "switched to RWD". Perhaps they mean rear bias rather than full RWD though?
I have just asked on the RS200 owners club to see if I have misunderstood!
6 days, 15 hours ago on Group B Lives: The Gatebil RS200
@Simply P @tbtstt That is tragic: even if I had no desire to drive it I would keep it clean!
@Mike @tbtstt I know! I have read a few less than favorable reviews about driving RS200's though, so perhaps we're better off never meeting our heroes...
(Though even if it was a dog to drive I'd happily sit and look at it parked on my drive all day!)
6 days, 16 hours ago on Group B Lives: The Gatebil RS200
@Simply P @Rally43 Ha, I think you are both right! Its so hard to determine "most significant". Without the Audi though, there would have been no S4, so I'm still sticking with the Audi as the "more significant" car. Between the two, I also just (JUST!) prefer the sound of an Audi on full chat: I think its one of the most iconic engine notes in rally. Though that's probably a debate for another poll...
6 days, 16 hours ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@Rally43 Agreed. Listing the S1 only was a bit restrictive, especially as the A1 and A2 were looked upon more favorably by the drivers.
@Rally43 @Masterwana Very cool! All the McKlein rally books are excellent: their Group B book has provided me many hours of reading!
@fast4wrd Stratos was (still is) an incredible looking rally car (and one of just three cars designed from the ground up purely for rallying), but its Group 4, not Group B! ;)
@Mike Assuming that it hasn't been changed from standard, I believe the red knob switches the car from 4WD to RWD. Ford believed that RWD would be an advantage in some situtations, so they included the ability to switch.
6 days, 18 hours ago on Group B Lives: The Gatebil RS200
@KSK The 037 was just supercharged, wasn't it? I thought the S4 was the first car to utilize twin-charging?
6 days, 20 hours ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@Gepi @Masterwana @tbtstt I believe that is correct: A1, A2, S1 then S1E2. :)
@Masterwana No, its not. ;) Audi have used the "A1" designation twice. The original long wheelbase quattro (UrQuattro) rally cars were "A1" and the evolution model "A2". This is an original A1:
The car in the photo at the top of this article is an A2.
There is also a lot of confusion between the "S1" and "S1E2" designation. "S1" refers to the original Sport (short wheel base) quattro, "S1E2" was the winged evolution short wheel base model. It was only when I was directed to this website a few years back...
...that I realised how many places were getting the classification wrong!
If you are an Audi fan I would HIGHLY recommend this book:
Its by the same chap (John Davenport) who wrote the website contribution linked above and its the complete rally and development history of the UR and sport Quattro. I found it particularly interesting to read what the drivers thought about the developments of the car!
This is a hard one to call! In terms of competition alone, the Peugeot 205 T16 4x4 or Delta S4 would have to be at the top of the list. The S4 was that bit more technically innovative (and bonkers!), so that probably best encapsulates how far Group B went.
Looking at the big picture though... I'd say the Audi quattro A1. It was the car that started the 4wd revolution and, although later developments of that design bought even more speed and spectacle, it was the A1 that kickstarted it all.
6 days, 22 hours ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@wojt They haven't put the Audi A1 or A2 on the poll though! ;)
@SuzyWallace @tbtstt @PerTurboBacke All that 5 cylinder noise must have affected his brain. ;)
6 days, 22 hours ago on Legend Reborn: The Hansen Motorsport Quattro
Pure car pornography. The RS200 never really delivered as a rally car, but its history in rallycross places it at the very top of my car wish list. One day...
1 week ago on Group B Lives: The Gatebil RS200
Great selection, my only addition would be the Solberg Ouninpohja clip which Patrick has already added to the comments.
Any of the McRae onboards from RallyGB 2001 are jaw dropping (especially when you watch the same stages onboard with different drivers); he is so quick and so aggressive with his lines, but then thats what made him so brilliant to watch... Oh, and you can be forgiven for the heavy Irish bias: the Irish Tarmac Championships are (in my opinion!) the most consistently entertaining rally Championships around at the moment.
1 week ago on Five of the Greatest Rally On-Board Clips You’ll See Today
@Patrick Deschenes Was just about to post this! One of my fave onboard clips ever, the "gets faster now" line (around the 6 minute mark) always makes me smile.