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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...

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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...

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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...

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Mikko Hirvonen: “13 years” – farewell in style

Here’s a very detailed overview of Mikko Hirvonen’s career, released today by his trusty PR team. I had a busy morning so I did not even notice it until now (and yes, I do feel bad about it!), but here it is. Read on then watch Mikko’s farewell video. Everything this man did in WRC...

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Mikko, no! Retirement is for old people

As per some unwritten rule, they always leave too soon, lured by a call of retirement, of not being forced into huge pressure of performing and constant travel and whatnot. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen had some brilliant rallies and seasons, they finished second in Championship on three occasions, grabbed 15 wins and 259 stage...

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The so-called HATE-OGIER rule survives FIA vote

Of course, I am trying to make a silly joke here. Of course this new starting order rule is not aimed at Sebastien Ogier personally, because only by accident did he win two titles in a row. Anybody else could have done the same as Sebastien, but he had all the luck in the world....

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Prodrive presents Volkswagen Golf SCRC rally car

Finally, the details are out. First we had some rumours, then some “wait for it” pleas, then some images surfaced on the interwebs all too soon, but now Prodrive finally decided to reveal their latest product, and it’s a rally car. Based on current 7th generation of Volkswagen’s ultrabestseller Golf, Prodrive’s machine is a custom...

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