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Creator / Colin McRae

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If in doubt, flat out.
"Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers,"
Colin McRae
Colin Steele McRae, MBE (August 5, 1968–September 15, 2007), was a Scottish rally driver who was perhaps best known for his performance under the Subaru World Rally Team and for being the face and producer of a video game series named after him.

The son of five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae and brother of rally driver Alister McRae, Colin won the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Championship, and was the first Brit and the youngest to win the World Rally Championship title, a record that he still holds. Colin later signed on to Ford in 1999 to pilot the newly-minted Ford Focus rally car, to which he won in nine events only to leave partly due to salary issues, and saw a brief stint with Citroën in 2003. After moonlighting in various motorsport disciplines, Colin reportedly planned a reunion with Subaru for the 2008 season; he died a year before due to a fatal helicopter accident which also claimed the life of his son and two family friends.


Games produced:

  • Colin McRae Rally (1998)
  • Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000)
  • Colin McRae Rally 3 (2003)
  • Colin McRae Rally 04 (2004)
  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 (2005)
  • Colin McRae DiRT (2007)

Tropes associated with Colin McRae:

  • Badass Driver: To the point that he only lost roughly half a second to Travis Pastrana when they faced off during the 2006 X Games, much to the astonishment of both Pastrana and the mainstream American audience who have never previously heard of McRae before.
  • Brave Scot: And a proud one at that, having waved the Scottish flag when he won the championship trophy with Derek Ringer in 1995.
  • Determinator: McRae would not hesitate to "go flat out" when racing, even if his superiors have explicitly told him to defer to Carlos Sainz at one time, to which Colin begrudgingly complied. This style of driving also meant that his superiors had to invest deeply, and by that we mean lots and lots of (expendable) cars.
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  • Drives Like Crazy: Colin's aggressive, no questions asked style of rallying has earned him the nickname "Colin McCrash", and also the ire of his sponsors, who had to spend so much resources to compensate for McRae's frequent crashing. While some criticise Colin's driving style as one of the reasons why he never won another championship, it was through this flat-out way that he gained a significant fan base.

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