Rallying is a different kind of motorsport. The category requires it’s runners to be built as they could withstand anything that comes their way. The stages include jumps and turns, being prepared for any weather systems coming through - also mentioning the spectators not being afraid of standing in the way on the track.
There isn’t much anything like it, but in the 80s; it was mayhem.
The birth of Group B rallying was, putting it lightly, mental.
Intended as a replacement/combination of the old group 4 and 5, there were very little to none restrictions. No restrictions on car design, materials or bodywork. No rules on the drivetrain, engine type or displacement.
Explicitly as this; you had to have two seats, build 200 models over 12 month period, and the rule of thumb about the weight of your car.
Apart from the those, the teams were given a complete creative and engineering license create some the worlds most exotic cars.
And boy did the teams deliver;
But one of the most fierce battles; The Audi Quattro vs the Lancia 037
It was a new generation vs the old; Audi arriving with a revolutionary all wheel drive solution challenging Lancia’s traditional rear wheel drive, sports car ways.
It is hard to describe what it must of been like to drive these cars, the sounds the cars made, the feeling you would have as well as pressure on you. Most likely they’re risking it all, drawing the fine line between being fast and slow.
“It is very hard to explain to an Lehman what’s it like to describe driving a car like this. I can’t tell you how fabulous it is getting a kick driving a car like this, most say I’m a maniac.”
- Driver Walter Rohrl
To what now is mostly known as the golden age of rallying, the Group B machines continue to live inside auto-mobile museums, vintage races as well as a tribute to the drivers and imaginative engineers.