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Do We Need “WRC 1.5?”

Last week, the story broke of the growing debate over what is to be done with the current generation WRC cars due to be replaced at the end of the 2016 season. The last time the WRC faced this issue was at the end of 2010 when the 2.0 litre WRC cars were replaced by...

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They’re alive!

Look at them go! I would imagine Toyota will not cease testing and running for the remainder of this year, now that they finally got the taste of it. The Yaris WRC is on the move again, and since the team is based in Finland it’s only natural they’ll want to tear through Finnish forest...

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New Generation i20 R5 on tarmac in Italy

Hyundai Motorsport’s testing of the New Generation i20 R5 moved from France to Italy last week (April 21-23). Three days of testing on roads south of Turin added over 900 tarmac kilometres to the new car’s development after running for the first time on a sealed surface last month. From a testing base in the...

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13 Minutes (and 8 seconds) Well Spent

We’ve now had a few days to settle down and digest the drama that unfolded on Rally Argentina this past Sunday. I think it’s safe to say that this will be one of the rallies that we will remember forever, much like the duel between Sebastien Loeb and Marcus Gronholm in the 2007 Rally New Zealand. Much...

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Loeb said no to Toyota, now’s your chance!

Few days ago Autosport revealed that no, Sebastien Loeb will not be driving for Toyota next year. Huge news, I know. Chances for that happening were slim to none, but at some point any relatively young and above average successful rally driver will have to answer to similar questions about their possible affiliation with Finland...

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Do we need tougher, rougher, meaner special stages?

The wait is over, almost. Couple of days from now the WRC will spring back to life, after a VERY LONG BREAK. We will be following crews, cars and teams on their journey across some of the most difficult and engaging stages in the series. It is time for Rally Argentina and I for one...

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They are not toys, they’re rally cars

Less than a dozen rallies from now, the first generation of B-segment-based World Rally Cars will ride into the sunset. I cannot speak for anyone else but me, of course, but I don’t think many tears will be shed over their demise in the WRC community. They were often called all sorts of names, chief...

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