Group B Rally "The Sound"
A tribute to the sights and sound of the Group B rally cars. Turn up your
speakers and enjoy.
Thanks to Helmut Deimel, Jeff Lehale.
Lancia 037 Stradale
During the "Vernasca Silver Flag 2011" hillclimb race I met the owner of
this fabulous Lancia 037 stradale. He came directly from England with his
car! We had a pleasant chat, the video shows the car leaving the parking
and some pictures, including the fantastic engine. The car is very
lightweight and you can clearly see the tubular frame which forms the
structure of the Lancia. Fabulous car!
Durante la gara in salita "Vernasca Silver Flag 2011" ho conosciuto il
proprietario di questa favolosa 037 Stradale. E' venuto direttamente
dall'Inghilterra con quest'auto. Abbiamo fatto una piacevole chiacchierata,
nel video si vede l'auto in partenza ed alcune foto, tra cui il fantastico
motore. L'auto è davvero leggerissima e di vede chiaramente il telaio
tubolare che forma la struttura dell'auto. Auto favolosa!
Lancia Delta S4.. prototype Abarth1984 group B prototipo
Imagine watching this video in 1984,it must have seemed like a car from
People forget that in those days an escort xr3i, pur jo 205 gti,golf gti
etc were considered as fast cars...
And for those who have seen the Toivonen fireball will appreciate how
bloody dangerous it was.............
also,unlike the WRC crap of today,you could buy a road going version of the
Audi Quattro - Group B, the Days of Madness
Credits for this video: www.youtube.com/amjayes
Group B was introduced by the FIA in 1982 as replacement for both Group 4
(modified grand touring) and Group 5 (touring prototypes) cars.
Group A referred to production-derived vehicles limited in terms of power,
weight, allowed technology and overall cost. The base model had to be mass
produced (5000 units/year) and had to have 4 seats. Group A was aimed at
ensuring a large number of privately-owned entries in races.
By contrast, Group B had few restrictions on technology, design and the
number of cars required for homologation to compete—200, less than other
series. Weight was kept as low as possible, high-tech materials were
permitted, and there were no restrictions on Boost, which turned out to mean almost
unlimited power. The category was aimed at car manufacturers by promising
outright competition victories and the subsequent publicity opportunities
without the need for an existing production model. There was also a Group
C, which had a similarly lax approach to chassis and engine development,
but with strict rules on overall weight and maximum fuel load.
Group B was initially a very successful concept, with many manufacturers
joining the premier World Rally Championship, and increased spectator
numbers. But the cost of competing quickly rose, and the performance of the
cars proved too much, resulting in a series of fatal crashes. As a
consequence Group B was cancelled at the end of 1986 and Group A
regulations became the standard for all cars until the advent of World
Rally Cars in 1997.
In the following years Group B found a niche in the European Rallycross
Championship, with cars such as the MG Metro 6R4 and the Ford RS200
competing as late as 1992. For 1993, the FIA replaced the Group B models
with prototypes that had to be based on existing Group A cars, but still
followed the spirit of Group B, with low weight, 4WD, high turboBoost
pressure and staggering amounts of power.
Rally Group B - Tribute
All images and music included are not in my own possession.
This is a tribute to the rallying of the middle 80's, when Group B monsters
dominated the championship. There were no serious restrictions for the cars
and no limitations for developing, the tracks were extremely dangerous and
the crowd were as close to the cars as possible. As the result of rapid
evolution the cars became as powerful as F1 cars and it was too much for
human abilities to keep them on the nasty roads on the limit. In 1986,
after several horrible crashes, FIA banned Group B rallying forever.
Editor- David Režný
Music - Artist: Ludovico Einaudi