Audi Quattro - Group B, the Days of Madness
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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.
FIA Group B Rally Cars - A 'Best Of' Compilation
A compilation of various cars rallied under the Group B (1982-1986) regulations. Group B was cancelled because safety concerns for both drivers and spectators alike.
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Group B Rally Cars Accelerations at CarFest 2012 Full HD!!!
I attended a supercar event started by Chris Evans for BBC Children in Need at Overton, Hampshire. Over there I filmed these crazy and loud rally cars accelerating down the hillclimb, enjoy :D
Cars in this video by order:
• Lancia Rally 037
• Lancia Delta 4
• MG Metro 6r4
• Ford RS 200
• Manta 400 Rally Car
• Toyota Celica turbo
• Peugeot 205 T16 E1
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Group B - The Killer B's (HD)
Group B regulations made the construcion of the most powerful rally cars of all time possible, but they also made rallying very dangerous. After serious accidents, Group B got the nickname „The Killer B's". Driving these monsters required pure skill and heroism. This compilation focuses on the dark, but epic side of the series.
Immediate Music - All Hell Break's Loose (choir version)
Clint Mansell - Lux Aeterna
Group B Rally cars still alive Vol.1 pure sound
Here comes the first selection of classic rally videos i captured this year. I hope you will enjoy the pure sound of this beauties.
This footage was part of the Eifel Rallye 2007.
Group B Rally Tribute (Car Sounds)
Tribute to Group B and The late Henri Toivonen
Group B was a set of regulations introduced in 1982 for competition vehicles in sportscar racing and rallying regulated by the FIA. The Group B regulations fostered some of the quickest, most powerful and sophisticated rally cars ever built. However, a series of major accidents, some fatal, were blamed on their outright speed. After the death of Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto in the 1986 Tour de Corse, the FIA disestablished the class, which was replaced as the top-line formula by Group A. The short-lived Group B era has acquired legendary status among rally fans.
Group B is synonymous with a short-lived period in Rally where light regulation and few restrictions on car development led to manufacturers producing some of the most exciting cars that the sport has ever seen. Group B cars have since entered Rally folklore since cars with their astonishing power couldn't have been developed during any other era of the sport. Sadly, these iconic cars were involved in an increasing number of accidents, which resulted in the banning of Group B Rally in 1986.