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
WRC Rally Monte Carlo 1986 Group B (deel 1)
WRC Rally Monte Carlo 1986 Group B (deel 1)
The 1980s saw the rear-wheel-drive Group 2 and the more popular Group 4
cars be replaced by more powerful four-wheel-drive Group B cars. FISA
legalized all-wheel-drive in 1979, but most manufacturers believed it was
too complex to be successful. However, after Audi started entering Mikkola
and the new four-wheel-drive Quattro in rallies for testing purposes with
immediate success, other manufacturers started their all-wheel-drive
projects. Group B regulations were introduced in the 1982 season, and with
only a few restrictions allowed almost unlimited power. Audi took the
constructors' title in 1982 and 1984 and drivers' title in 1983 (Mikkola)
and 1984 (Stig Blomqvist). Audi's French female driver Michèle Mouton came
close to winning the title in 1982, but had to settle for second place
after Opel rival Röhrl. 1985 title seemed set to go to Vatanen and his
Peugeot 205 T16 but a bad accident at the Rally Argentina left him to watch
compatriot and team-mate Timo Salonen take the title instead. Italian
Attilio Bettega had even a more severe crash with his Lancia 037 at the
Tour de Corse and died instantly.
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.
Group B Monsters Audi Quattro - Tribute with Pure Sound
The Awesome Audi Sport Quattro E2 Group B with pure original sounds
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Remembering Group B - The Monsters of Rally
Saw this video on our daily visit to www.jalopnik.com today and it struck a
cord. At RightDrive, we are all big rally fans and Group B was as good as
The madness that is Group B was beautifully captured in this video. Grou pB
started in the early 1980`s and only lasted a few years. The cars were very
powerful and dangerous.
Group B was very relaxed with rules, allowing teams to do just about
anything, including homologation numbers for OE`s.
Huge crash in Humalamäki - 1000 Lakes Rally 1984
Extensive view (3 camera angles) on the huge crash of Julian Roderick -
David Alan Holmes in special-stage Humalamäki in 1000 Lakes Rally 1984.
Thousands of spectators were packed into the famous jump scene in
Humalamäki to catch the action of the opening night of the event. Marshals
had a hard time controlling the huge crowd and as car #48 arrived to the
scene, the inevitable happened and car plunged towards the crowd. Luckily
no-one was fatally/permanently injured in this accident.
WRC Rally Portugal 2013 HD The Best (Pure Sound)
WRC Fafe Rally Sprint
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WRC Rally Portugal Sprint Fafe 2013 anti-lag system (ALS) start
Tal como no ano passado, foram muitas as emoções vividas na edições
2013 do WRC Fafe Rally Sprint, com o público responder à chamada em peso,
com mais de 100.000 espectadores presentes ao longo de todo o percurso. E
se a visita das estrelas do Mundial de Ralis aos últimos seis quilómetros
do mítico troço Fafe/Lameirinha se apresentou como evento de promoção
do Vodafone Rally de Portugal da próxima semana, a verdade é que tal não
pareceu a avaliar pela fantástica prestação de todos os pilotos, com a
luta pelo triunfo a ser levada aos limites.
O espanhol Dani Sordo (Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT) foi quem começou
melhor, mostrando ao que vinha logo na primeira passagem ao gastar apenas
3m44,1s, menos 3,5s que o russo Evegeny Novikov (Qatar M-Sport Word Rally
Team). Mas os rivais não lhe deram vitória fácil.
Na segunda passagem de classificação o vencedor do Vodafone Rally de
Portugal do ano passado, Mads Østberg, deu a resposta da Ford. O
norueguês retirou 0,7s à marca do espanhol para se colocar na liderança,
isto enquanto o estreante Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen Motorsport) passava
para a frente de Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar World Rally Team) para ascender a
terceiro, mas a uns distantes 5,8s da liderança.
Com a disputa pelo mais alto do pódio absolutamente ao rubro, Sordo foi
para a estrada para a terceira e última passagem apostado em não deixar
fugir a glória num palco onde foram muitos os compatriotas presentes para
apoiarem o actual quarto classificado do Campeonato do Mundo de Ralis. O
espanhol, depois de algumas alterações no «set-up» do DS3, respondeu de
forma imperial, com um ritmo alucinante para ser o único a quebrar a
barreira do segundo 40 ao rodar em 3m39,3s, vingando a derrota da Citroën
no ano passado e deixando Østberg a um segundo redondo na segunda
posição. A fechar o pódio ficou Martin Prokop. O checo deixou o seu Ford
Fiesta RS WRC a 10,4s da frente.
Enquanto isso, no panorama nacional, a glória coube a Pedro Meireles, no
que foi um desfecho amargo para o Campeão Nacional em título Ricardo
Moura. O homem do Mitsubishi Evo IX foi o melhor nas duas primeiras
passagens, mas na final viu o rival do Skoda Fabia S2000 apresentar um
ritmo fortíssimo. Com um atraso de 2,7 segundos antes da última passagem,
Meireles deu tudo no troço Fafe/Lameirinha para terminar em sexto da geral
com um registo de 3m59,0s, menos sete décimos de segundo que Moura.
Quem voltou a não facilitar nos Clássicos, foi Fernando Peres que impôs
o seu andamento ao regressado Paulo Meireles por 2,9s, ficando Pedro Leone
com o terceiro tempo.
Carlos del Barrio
Miguel J. Barbosa
José Pedro Fontes
José Pedro Fontes
Nuno Rodrigues da Silva
José Pedro Silva
Jose Manuel Cunha
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6 de Abr de 2013
Group B Worship: Ford RS200 and Audi Sport Quattro - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
To enter Group B in the 1980s, car makers had to build 200 road-going
examples of the car they intended to rally. These rules created some of the
most spectacular road cars of all time. I love rallying: the chance to
drive an RS200 and a Sport Quattro nearly sent me to the nut-house. Fire up
Written and presented by Chris Harris
Shot and edited by David Litchfield