Posts tagged Rally
Boxed In - 1985 Daihatsu Charade DeTomaso 926R Group B Prototype

In order to meet the limit, the engine was taken down to 926 cc, giving rise to the name 926R. After extensive fettling, the mini monster produced some 118 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 147 Nm at 3500 rpm. The IHI RHB32 turbocharger used was so small, the car had no need for an intercooler. This freed up space and saved weight.

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Small Soldier - 1993 Subaru Vivio Sedan 4WD Super KK

Featuring permanent four wheel drive and a Rootes-supercharged , double overhead cam 16-valve EN07Z four cylinder engine limited to the mandatory 64 horsepower, the RX-R perfectly represented the technological arms race being fought in the lowest ranks of the automotive world

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Swedish Delight - 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Ecopower Pikes Peak

Saab was eager to join in on the fun, since the company had only just become a full subsidiary of American automotive giant General Motors. Keen to expand their new asset’s marketability on their home soil, GM felt a Saab participation in one of the nations most famous motorsport events was nothing short of a masterstroke.

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Doomed Dorito - 1986 Mazda RX7S Group S Protype

As the Group B RX7 was reaching its absolute peak, the FISA presented a way out for Mazda. Late in 1985 the governing body announced Group S, a formula intended to replace Group B. The ultimate goal of Group S was not to decrease speeds or limit power, but rather to expand on the formula and allow even more manufacturers to compete.

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Reluctant Racer - 1976 Lancia Stratos HF Turbo Group 5

Right in the middle of the rally weapon’s winning streak, Lancia made plans to adapt the car to the new Group 5 Special Production Car GT-regulations taking effect in 1976. This new category was intended to free up technical limitations on production-derived GT-racers, setting the stage for an era of widebody turbocharged insanity.

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Dual Wield - 1986 SEAT Ibiza Bimotor Group S Prototype

The Ibiza was a small hatchback in the vein of the Fiat Uno and Volkswagen Polo, with some interesting names involved with its conception. German engineering specialists Porsche had a hand in designing the car’s drivetrain, and Giorgetto Guigiaro’s Italdesign penned the svelte body, which was actually intended as the second generation of the Volkswagen Golf.

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Iron Giant - 1972 Jeep Wagoneer Competition Limited "Moby Dick"

Ignoring the blaring warning signs, Sgt. Henderson proceeded to do anything he possibly could to bring the obese machine up to speed. The weight was brought down slightly to a feathery 2000 kg (4409 lbs), and then brought back up again to 2177 kg (4799 lbs) because of extensive strengthening of the chassis, the addition of safety equipment and much larger fuel tanks.

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