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Have some pink…

…to combat all the doom and gloom. We hate doom and gloom and we hate dramas, unless they’re on special stages and strictly limited to close fights and split seconds. So, instead of pondering over Volkswagen’s future, here’s some pink to brighten up our collective WRC evening. Thanks Hyundai! (this, by the way, is the...

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Et tu, Volkswagen?

Why Volkswagen, why? I mean, I do get some of the reasons for your obviously not so clever attempt to fool the EPA, but seriously, I did not see it coming. And why would I, right? Not an analyst or a car industry geek, just someone interested in cars and even more in motor sports....

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Mikko Hirvonen spotted driving a Toyota

People say it’s him, but do we really know for sure? Yes, I’ve seen the photos and heard all the stories, but they can all be fabricated, shopped, made up or planted by saboteurs. Mikko Hirvonen is supposed to be in a deep retirement, not a care in the world, thinking about bees and clouds...

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The new generation Hyundai i20 WRC is here

Well, it’s not here HERE yet, because they switched from 2015 to 2016, as you probably know, but today we finally got to see the new car wearing nothing but a new official WRC livery(?). Hyundai says this new car will provide optimised weight distribution, greater powertrain efficiency and enhanced aerodynamics. Hayden Paddon said, in...

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Idiots report: Rally Australia 2015

Actually, it’s not much of a report, but it was *this* close from becoming one. I do understand the shock factor and the adrenaline rush and “OMG W8 TILL I PLASTER DAT SHIT ON ALL MY VIRTUAL WALLS”, but again, few lives were spared by pure coincidence. And since neither first, nor second or third...

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Safety First, or Flat Out?

[fusion_text]Put yourself in the shoes of Stephane Lefevbre for a moment. You just wrapped up your first rally in a WRC car last month in Germany. The result wasn’t bad, and along with gaining some valuable experience, people took a bit of notice. All in all, it seemed like a pretty satisfying performance. Fast-forward to...

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FIA admits rally spectator safety needs improving

They had to react and they did react. What happened in Spain and what (almost) keeps happening everywhere else, even in World Rally Championship class events, finally pushed FIA into action. For now this action is limited to words and promises and initiatives, but they have to start somewhere, I guess. Six people died in...

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Will Jan Kopecky Make It Back To The WRC?

With the WRC “silly season” heating up, there has been a lot of discussion over which drivers will switch teams, and whether any of the younger drivers will get a shot at the top level of rallying. Plenty of names have been bounced around including Esapekka Lappi, Craig Breen, Sepp Wiegand, and Stephan Lefevbre. All...

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