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Volkswagen adds Marcus Grönholm to its ranks

Put simply, this is definitely one insanely big addition to Volkswagen Motorsport’s WRC project. Not just because Marcus Grönholm is one insanely tall guy, but because of his experience, knowledge, talent and competitive spirit. Even though he claims to be all done in terms of active WRC competition, Marcus is always around, in the background, lurking, sharing tips and advice,...

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Instead of a shoot-out debate, here’s Yaris WRC on tarmac

They now want to switch from pairs of two crews fighting for positions on the final stage of the new format WRC events to three crews, from 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Not much has changed with this, in fact, it’s equally if not more horrible than pairs of two. Eventually someone is going to end up SOL-ed because this...

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Akio Toyoda explains the GT86 “WRC” and more

Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation is in Finland this weekend, learning about the World Rally Championship, talking to the fans, drivers and media but also enjoying some of the action first hand. Together with Tommi Makinen he had a little project of building a rally spec Toyota GT86, equipped with four wheel drive. To have some fun in...

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Toyota, what are you doing exactly? Will you WRC or not?

Testing of Yaris WRC mule is in progress on various surfaces. In charge of this is Toyota Motorsport GmbH, stationed in Cologne, Germany. Next up, Toyota GT86 CS-R3; status, almost done, zero-car debut soon, looking good and drawing considerable attention from privateers. Again, Cologne-based TMG is behind R3 car project as well. At the same time, Toyota is still waiting...

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Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is back!

Codemasters did something dirty, something very dirty. Which usually means that they did something good for all the WRC and rally fans out there. No, it’s not DiRT 4 yet, but it’ll grab everyone’s attention, I’m sure. Especially if you consider yourself to be a classic example of a rally fan, emphasis on classic bit. What I really mean is,...

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Behold WRC+, everything is possible now for a few € each month

Live stages, live onboards (what happened to the immensely huge technical challenges regarding this?), live maps (hey, we’ve only been asking for this for couple of years now), truckload of video highlights and reports… it’s no longer a dream; for only €4.99 per month you can enjoy all this and more thanks to WRC+ set of services, provided by WRC...

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German WRC “debut” for Toyota GT86 CS-R3

The GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) can confirm. TMG has chosen to return to its rallying roots with a rear-wheel-drive car to entertain drivers and fans alike, following in the wheel tracks of cars such as the spectacular...

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Can we have legends vs stars in France too?

Perhaps this rally legends vs rally stars idea is not only great but fantastic, for spectators and stream viewers all over the world. Now, how about extending this concept, be it in the same-ish format or different, to other events in the World Rally Championship calendar? For example, Rallye de France? With French rally legends competing. Sebastien Loeb, Francois Delecour,...