History UsefulNotes / Rallying

23rd May '18 5:39:49 AM klausbaudelaire
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Ironically, while the end of Group B led to several years of uncertainty and much slower cars, it meant that in the 1990s manufacturers simply switched to building souped-up road cars instead, leading eventually the appearance of cars like the Toyota Celica GT4, Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Evo series, Ford Escort Cosworth and many others from the likes of SEAT, Škoda, and Citroën. These cars were not as powerful and as outrageous as the Group B cars but they did lead to a huge number of road-legal (almost)-rally cars appearing in showrooms that enthusiasts could actually buy, as well as giving huge image boosts to the likes of Subaru and Mitsubishi. Despite the massive power disadvantage contemporary top level rally cars are undoubtedly much faster on most stages than the Group B cars would be because of advances in suspension, aerodynamics and tyres.
10th Feb '18 12:40:14 AM KYCubbie
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The cars themselves tend to be what Americans might consider 'compact'. Ford's Escort (and later Focus), Subaru's Imprezza, and Toyota's Yaris and Corolla are things most Yanks can find around town. Other marques participate, too: watching WRC footage may be the first exposure of a North American fan to Citroen, or Seat, or Skoda.

In TheEighties, rallying used cars that had significantly loosened restrictions compared to the rally cars of TheSeventies in terms of power output and use of materials, leading to the development of exceptionally powerful and fast [[NoOSHACompliance (as well as unsafe)]] rally cars. This Category of cars was known as Group B. Major manufacturers like Audi, Peugeot, Lancia, Ford, MG Metro, and many more competed for dominance in an attempt to create the ultimate AWD rally car, some of which were essentially InNameOnly versions of production cars they were based on, an (infamous) example being the Lancia Delta S4, a superficially similar yet mechanically unrelated variant of the regular Delta. The cars were so fast that the drivers were known to frequently experience tunnel vision while driving them. The class was disbanded after a series of deaths in 1986, but Group B is still recognized today as the GoldenAge of Rallying.

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The cars themselves tend to be what Americans might consider 'compact'. Ford's Escort (and later Focus), Subaru's Imprezza, Impreza, and Toyota's Yaris and Corolla are things most Yanks can find around town. Other marques participate, too: watching WRC footage may be the first exposure of a North American fan to Citroen, Citroën, or Seat, SEAT, or Skoda.

Škoda.

In TheEighties, rallying used cars that had significantly loosened restrictions compared to the rally cars of TheSeventies in terms of power output and use of materials, leading to the development of exceptionally powerful and fast [[NoOSHACompliance (as well as unsafe)]] rally cars. This Category category of cars was known as Group B. Major manufacturers like Audi, Peugeot, Lancia, Ford, MG Metro, and many more competed for dominance in an attempt to create the ultimate AWD rally car, some of which were essentially InNameOnly versions of production cars they were based on, an (infamous) example being the Lancia Delta S4, a superficially similar yet mechanically unrelated variant of the regular Delta. The cars were so fast that the drivers were known to frequently experience tunnel vision while driving them. The class was disbanded after a series of deaths in 1986, but Group B is still recognized today as the GoldenAge of Rallying.



'Rallycross' events are different: these are lap races, head to head, without co-driver, on often purpose-built tracks. The cars are similar, though, and many techniques are too (although blocking is something a rally driver would have to learn).

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'Rallycross' events are different: these are lap races, head to head, head-to-head, without co-driver, on often purpose-built tracks. The cars are similar, though, and many techniques are too (although blocking is something a rally driver would have to learn).
1st Feb '18 4:45:30 PM klausbaudelaire
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* VideoGame/RichardBurnsRally
* VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally
* VideoGame/DiRT
* VideoGame/RallyTrophy
* VideoGame/SEGARally a much more [[DrivingGame arcadey]] take on the genre.
* Races in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV GTA Online]] can be set to the "Rally" mode where one player is the pilot (Without a map or minimap) while a copilot has to guide him. The mode is notably NintendoHard if the copilot doesn't have a headset, the pilots will have to rely on direction arrows the copilot puts.

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* VideoGame/RichardBurnsRally
''VideoGame/RichardBurnsRally''
* VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally
''VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally''
* VideoGame/DiRT
''VideoGame/DiRT''
* VideoGame/RallyTrophy
''VideoGame/RallyTrophy''
* VideoGame/SEGARally ''VideoGame/SEGARally'', a much more [[DrivingGame arcadey]] take on the genre.
* ''VideoGame/VRally'', released in the States as ''Need for Speed: V-Rally''
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Races in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV GTA Online]] Online]]'' can be set to the "Rally" mode where one player is the pilot (Without a map or minimap) while a copilot has to guide him. The mode is notably NintendoHard if the copilot doesn't have a headset, the pilots will have to rely on direction arrows the copilot puts.
14th Dec '17 1:31:38 AM klausbaudelaire
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Right four 40, keep middle over crest..."]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Right four 40, [[caption-width-right:350:"40 Right four, keep middle over crest..."]]



Courses are practically never purpose built. Instead, they're laid out along normal roads closed to traffic. Note that these need not be ''paved''. Or dry. Asphalt, dirt, gravel, rain, snow, whatever. This leads to one of the more popular images, a rally car exiting the intended route -- and depending on drainage ditches, roadside obstructions, and the mood of the racing gods, landing on a side other than the one with wheels. This goes back to the roots of rallying, which are around the roots of the automobile itself--after all, no-one was building superspeedways or elaborate road course tracks in 1890.

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Courses are practically never purpose built. Instead, they're laid out along normal roads closed to traffic. Note that these need not be ''paved''. Or dry. Asphalt, dirt, gravel, rain, snow, whatever. This leads to one of the more popular images, a rally car exiting the intended route with plumes of dust trailing it -- and depending on drainage ditches, roadside obstructions, and the mood of the racing gods, landing on a side other than the one with wheels. This goes back to the roots of rallying, which are around the roots of the automobile itself--after all, no-one was building superspeedways super-speedways or elaborate road course tracks in 1890.


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!!Notable rally (co-)drivers
* Creator/KenBlock
* Creator/RichardBurns
* Creator/NickyGrist
* UsefulNotes/SebastienLoeb
* Creator/ColinMcRae
* Creator/TravisPastrana
13th Dec '17 6:16:52 AM klausbaudelaire
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In TheEighties, rallying used cars that had significantly loosened restrictions compared to the rally cars of TheSeventies in terms of power output and use of materials, leading to the development of exceptionally powerful and fast [[NoOSHACompliance (as well as unsafe)]] rally cars. This Category of cars was known as Group B. Major manufacturers like Audi, Peugeot, Lancia, Ford, MG Metro, and many more competed for dominance in an attempt to create the ultimate AWD rally car. The cars were so fast that the drivers were known to frequently experience tunnel vision while driving them. The class was disbanded after a series of deaths in 1986, but Group B is still recognized today as the GoldenAge of Rallying.

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In TheEighties, rallying used cars that had significantly loosened restrictions compared to the rally cars of TheSeventies in terms of power output and use of materials, leading to the development of exceptionally powerful and fast [[NoOSHACompliance (as well as unsafe)]] rally cars. This Category of cars was known as Group B. Major manufacturers like Audi, Peugeot, Lancia, Ford, MG Metro, and many more competed for dominance in an attempt to create the ultimate AWD rally car.car, some of which were essentially InNameOnly versions of production cars they were based on, an (infamous) example being the Lancia Delta S4, a superficially similar yet mechanically unrelated variant of the regular Delta. The cars were so fast that the drivers were known to frequently experience tunnel vision while driving them. The class was disbanded after a series of deaths in 1986, but Group B is still recognized today as the GoldenAge of Rallying.
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