Fast Doesn’t Always = Spectacular

  • Fully Sideways Rally

    I point you to the American Rally Series…There cars are 380 bhp #Hoonigan and they mage to get it done. I think that is the reason behind the return of the electric centre diff, because still haunts them.

  • I can’t disagree with this interpretation of “common sense”. However, there’s the thing. You will have to abandon several technological advantages such as launch control or further development of the four-wheel drive system.
    Maybe it’s just the way of how technology has progressed in the last 20 years, that it just makes it damn near impossible to make these cars behave like a Quattro S1 or a RS200.
    You will have to relinquish some of the stuff I’ve aformentioned above, and you think manufacturers would like to see the WRC hindering technological development? At the end of day, we fans see this as a sport, a spectacle, but manufacturers see it from a buisness standpoint and, for example, Volkswagen can’t market their WRC program properly if it’s WRC Polo is sliding around stages like it would be on snow tires on a muddy Indonesian stage, if one of the main reasons they’re in WRC is being able to research on four-wheel tech in a competitive environment.
    I don’t know man, I’m just another rally fan who cares about the sport I love, great article though, excited for 2017 nonetheless.

    • Jason Anthony

      David, great points, and you are driving at a very important issue. At the end of the day, what is the point of motorsports? Is it for excitement? (fans) Is it for competition? (crews) Is it for marketing and technological development? (manufacturers) Technology is important, and it matters to the car companies, but it doesn’t guarantee exciting cars. Look no further than F1 over the past 2 years. The cars are more advanced than ever before, but also much more dull as well.

      At the moment, almost every FIA championship, (not just the WRC) are scared to death about losing manufacturer involvement, and have thus made themselves slaves to the whims of the car companies. Trouble is that historically, manufacturers only participate in a championship when it is convenient and beneficial to them, and then quit leaving a huge void.

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