World Rally Blog

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New rules are nice, but what will they cost?

Yesterday, we were all about “wow” and “yes!” and “finally!” when the news about the new 2017 WRC regulations broke out. It was a good day of smiling faces and hope for a better, stronger, lighter and more exciting future. But will this future also be affordable and/or sustainable? I want to believe. I want...

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380 horsies and meaner looks? Sure!

We’re on a roll with the good news around here, aren’t we? By around here I mean in and around the World Rally Championship. We had some fantastic battles recently, Toyota is coming and Hyundai confirmed they are going to build an R5 car, while Citroën is again thinking about luring Sebastien Loeb back to...

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R U gonna R5 2, Hyundai?

Lovely title, isn’t it? :( But the occasion really is lovely, for today we have learned that one of our favourite teams (it’s right there on equal points with others, in terms of likability) will also develop an R5 version of their existing WRC machine. That team is Hyundai Motorsport and their R5 contender should...

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Mäkinen to decide whether the existing Yaris WRC is any good

That didn’t take long: yesterday we were left hanging, with unanswered questions concerning big changes happening in and around Toyota’s WRC project, today some answers are already here. I know Tommi Mäkinen is fast, but this is genuinely nice to see. They could have remained silent, of course, but they didn’t and I like that....

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Dirt Rally: A Review From A Rally Perspective

It’s hard to believe that nearly 3 months have already passed since Codemasters surprised us all by releasing Dirt Rally for early access. In all honesty, like many rally purists, I had become a bit disillusioned with the direction Codemasters was taking the Dirt franchise over the past years. The Ken Block Gymkhana vibe just...

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Toyota confirms Tommi Makinen, doesn’t mention TMG

Fans probably should not be too interested in politics and they also should not care much about things happening in the background. We should simply sit tight and put on a happy face for Toyota’s WRC comeback in 2017. In the end, even if they, and by they I mean Toyota Motors Corporation, suddenly went...

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To China or not to China, WRC ponders

First of, this could get a little long and a little incoherent… I wasn’t going to write an essay, merely wanted to list some thoughts. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but don’t you think World Rally Championship calendar should include as many regions, continents and countries as is realistically possible? In such...

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Toyota’s WRC project, are you OK?

Please allow me to pull out the basic facts, or at least what looks like facts, about Toyota’s WRC programme. According to Autosport, Toyota is now going to switch to another team and another team boss for their return to the World Rally Championship, but at the same time, their (Toyota’s) Cologne based Toyota Motorsport...

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