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Volkswagen celebrates 2014 titles in smoke

WRC titles take huge amount of effort, from drivers, co-drivers, mechanics, team officials to engineers, designers and finally workers in charge of production. So, naturally, when team wins both titles two years in a row, they want to celebrate it in style. Not by throwing a formal party with boring speakers and dull atmosphere, but something a bit more creative....

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Sebastien Loeb returns to Rallye Monte Carlo

Citroën Racing finally confirmed all the rumours, suggesting Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will join forces once again, for a one off outing at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. Now please read this one more time. Loeb and Elena will take part in 2015 edition of the most prestigious WRC event ever. This kind of news is really hard to...

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Ott Tanak joins Elfyn Evans at M-Sport, ambitions run high

M-Sport just did the most obvious thing, confirming Fernando Alonso… I mean, Ott Tanak as their new recruit. Estonian driver will team up with another promising youngster, Elfyn Evans, making the 2015 M-Sport line-up very young in age but also very high on ambitions. Evans just finished a full year of WRC and Tanak is no stranger to WRC scene....

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Hyundai looks back on 2014, the comeback year

For me, Hyundai’s World Rally Championship team is The team of the year in 2014. They have what it takes to become regular winners and title challengers, there is no doubt. The learning year is over, though, but what a year it has been. It is all going to get a further two notches more serious in 2015 and I...

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Mikko Hirvonen’s final WRC video: “The Last One”

So, you managed to hold your stuff together through first video, but let’s see how you manage with this one. The title alone will set you right up, “The Last One”. Yep, feel that lump in your throat growing? Now, tune the volume up, maximize to full screen and let Mikko take you for one last WRC ride. Oh, but...

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Citroën confirms Meeke for 2015

Citroën Racing’s boss, Yves Matton, promised to deliver the news about 2015 lineup over the next couple of weeks, at a steady pace, and for now he is staying true to his word. Citroën Racing today solved one piece of that puzzle for us by confirming Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle. Boss Matton praised Meeke’s versatility and maturity on top...

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Peugeot 2008 DKR reveals its true colours

This is it, the bulls are out. Or lions? Maybe bulls with lions. Lions chasing bulls? Bull powered lions? Peugeot and Red Bull really should get their animals straight, because this just isn’t working. Except that it does, oh boy, it does. We only need to look a bit back and remember what bull powered lions did under Sebastien Loeb...

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Title being decided prior to Wales could be a good thing

Why is it so bad if the race for the drivers’ title is over before the final event of the year? Yes, the uberexciting fight till the very end is nice and all, but is it really such a tragedy if we have both titles settled before the Wales Rally GB? Of course it’s not, and I’m not suggesting anyone...

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Video: Škoda Fabia R5 – see if you can see it

I know Škoda is actually a prepackaged Volkswagen, with design and mechanical bits strictly controlled by uberbosses in Wolfsburg, but for me, the brand still lives as a separate entity, or at least I like to think it does. Maybe that makes me ideal customer for Škoda, I don’t know. I am aware, but I also refuse the reality and...

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Prodrive Golf SCRC wins on debut

Prodrive’s new VW Golf SCRC rally car has won the Longyou Rally in China on its competition debut this weekend. Chris Atkinson and Stephane Prevot driving for the FAW-VW Rally Team, finished the event more than five minutes ahead of their nearest rivals, which included works teams in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. The Longyou Rally is a mixed surface...