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Opel Ampera Wins 2012 Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

Opel Ampera Wins 2012 Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

When Opel/Vauxhall first announced that its Ampera plug-in hybrid electric vehicle would participate in the 13th International Monte Carlo Rally for alternative energy vehicles, it made a point to challenge the Tesla Roadster, which won the previous two years. Completing the racing stages from Annecy-le-Vieux to Monte Carlo from March 22 through 25, the Opel Ampera of Bernard…

Renault Alpine Sports Car Revival Rumored To Borrow Nissan GTR Platform

Renault Alpine Sports Car Revival Rumored To Borrow Nissan GTR Platform

Marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary Alpine A110 Berlinette rally racing car, rumors of an all-new Renault Alpine concept for the 2012 Paris Motor Show started circulating. Details are limited for now but some information is available from Renault marketing director Stephen Norman, who says the new Alpine will follow the path of a lightweight…

Opel Ampera To Participate In 2012 Rally Monte Carlo

Opel Ampera To Participate In 2012 Rally Monte Carlo

Six Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, the identical twin to the American Chevrolet Volt, will make an inaugural appearance at this year’s International Rally Monte Carlo. Entering the Monte Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy Vehicles, the six Amperas will race against 150 other green cars in a series of stages starting March 22 from…

Mads Østberg Goes Mad: Sets New World Snow Jump Record

Mads Østberg Goes Mad: Sets New World Snow Jump Record

Norwegian WRC racing driver Mads Østberg has enjoyed a bit of success in his World Rally Championship career but as it is with all athletes, practice makes perfect so a little snowy stunt driving is practically training. Record-breaking is just a bonus. Setting a new bar for himself, and the world, Østberg completed a world…

Mitsubishi EVO Crashes Hard in Hungarian Rally Race – Video

Rally racing is not a forgiving sport. It’s not like an oval or most road course’s where you can simply run off the track and not be at risk of smashing a tree, or a hitting a ditch like this driver did. This video comes from a Hungarian rally race, and shows us why it…

Ken Block Testing for His Sixth 100-Acre Wood Rally Race- Video

Ken Block Testing for His Sixth 100-Acre Wood Rally Race- Video

Ken Block has truly built himself into a brand name in the drifting, racing and general car shenanigans world. When he goes racing, it seems there is always a camera crew lurking in the shadows ready to catch the action. The newest Block video shows Ken running his tuned up Ford Fiesta through the 100-acre…

Ken Block Spoof Interview is Great Comedy – Video

Race cars, check. Beautiful women, check. Ken Block video, check. Gymkhana racing with Ken Block in video, negative. Wait, what? Ken Block is releasing a video that has no real action in it and it’s still worth watching? The Ford Fiesta driver spoofs himself with the aid of actor and comedian Nick Swardson in this…

2012 Ford Fiesta WRC Rally Car Livery Unveiled

2012 Ford Fiesta WRC Rally Car Livery Unveiled

Ford recently unveiled their new 2012 Ford Fiesta WRC Rally Car in its full livery at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham, England. This will be the Fiesta’s second year competing in the WRC and the race team is looking forward to building off of its success last year when it won the…

MINI Confirmed as 2012 World Rally Championship Competitor

MINI Confirmed as 2012 World Rally Championship Competitor

MINI finally confirms their entry into the 2012 World Rally Championship after missing the official entry deadline of December the 19th. MINI has had issues with coverage of the event in the past and it seems has tried to make a statement about their dilemma. A source in the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) said, “We have…

MINI Misses Deadline for 2012 WRC Season

MINI Misses Deadline for 2012 WRC Season

MINI‘s hopes for capturing the 2012 World Championship Rally title took a big blow before the effort even started. Mini has missed the deadline for signing up for next years championship, which expired at midnight, last night. The Mini rally car, which is based on the Countryman model is prepared by Prodrive in Banbury, U.K….

Dacia Lodgy Participates In Trophee Andros Rally Championship Before Official Debut

Dacia Lodgy Participates In Trophee Andros Rally Championship Before Official Debut

Dacia has taken quite a different approach in revealing its latest minivan, Lodgy. Rather than traveling the usual auto show circuit and looking pretty on rotating pedestals, a unique, race-prepped Dacia Lodgy has been made to compete in France’s ice rally series, the Trophée Andros, months before any information on the production model is available….

Valentino Rossi Would Consider A Future In Rally Racing [VIDEO]

Valentino Rossi is clearly a warrior on all things two-wheeled. Rossi won his first 125cc championship in 1997, a 250cc World Championship in 1999, a 500cc World Championship in 2001, back-to-back World GP Championships in 2002 and 2003 with Honda, and another back-to-back in 2004 and 2005 with Yamaha. It would take until 2008 for…

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Sounds Like a Pack of Firecrackers [Video]

Earlier in the month we reported that Volkswagen was testing their new WRC Polo R with Carlos Sainz behind the wheel, and now there’s video from Sainz’s testing sessions along with the official announcement of VW signing Sebastian Ogier as their first driver for the FIA World Rally Championship alongside Julien Ingrassia as his co-driver….

Volkswagen WRC Polo R Looks Promising In Testing, Carlos Sainz Driving

Volkswagen WRC Polo R Looks Promising In Testing, Carlos Sainz Driving

Volkswagen’s WRC entry in the form of a Polo R is out testing a little over a year before its official competition debut. The Polo R recently got its first bout of testing on a 1.5-mile tarmac track out in the vineyards in Trier, Germany. Behind the wheel during test was Dakar winner Carlos Sainz…

Prodrive Prepares Hot Mini Countryman

Prodrive Prepares Hot Mini Countryman

Prodrive is synonymous with turning everyday family runabouts into championship winning rally cars. Most recently, they have competed with a Mini Countryman, which is faring quite well so far. Now Prodrive is turning its attention to making a special version of a Countryman for those who don’t have a race seat in the FIA Rally…

Volkswagen Polo R WRC is One Mean Little Hatchback [2011 Frankfurt Auto Show]

Volkswagen Polo R WRC is One Mean Little Hatchback [2011 Frankfurt Auto Show]

Ask someone from Volkswagen what their most important reveal is at the Frankfurt Auto Show and the answer will be simple: the Up!, the diminutive city car with a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine. That’s all well and good, but what about a car (another small car we might add) that’s just awesome. We are, of course,…

Subaru May Separate WRX From Impreza Range To Focus On Performance

Subaru May Separate WRX From Impreza Range To Focus On Performance

Subaru may decide to have a separate WRX line different from the Impreza family in a move to create a more dedicated performance range for the automaker. The new Impreza goes on sale this fall and is expected to be a significantly higher volume model than any of its predecessors. Subaru may chose to separate the…

Fiat Punto Abarth May Join World Rally Championship By 2014

Fiat Punto Abarth May Join World Rally Championship By 2014

After years of Citroen dominating the World Rally Championship, Fiat is getting ready to challenge the French automaker’s dominance with their own entry, based on the Punto Abarth. The Abarth has been racing in the International Rally Challenge and national rally championships with the Punto S200. The S2000 has done considerably well in a number…

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Revealed

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Revealed

Volkswagen gave us a first look at their Polo R WRC, a competition version of their Polo R hot hatch destined for the World Rally Championship.  Powered by a 1.6L TSI four-cylinder engine, the all-wheel drive Polo R makes 296 horsepower thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. The usual competition modifications, like a rollcage, bucket…

Mitsubishi Interested In Electric Formula 1 Cars

Mitsubishi Interested In Electric Formula 1 Cars

The president of Mitsubishi, Osamu Masuko, is “very interested” in producing electric Formula 1 cars, with an eye to mutually compatible technology with their road cars.  The governing body of Formula 1, the Federation Internationale de lÀutomobile, announced this month that it is working with representatives of the European Commission to develop a racing series for…

Mini Returns To The World Rally Championship With The JCW Countryman

Mini Returns To The World Rally Championship With The JCW Countryman

It’s been 40-some odd years, but Mini is finally returning to the world rally stage. The Mini WRC Team will be competing in the 2011 World Rally Championship with the John Cooper Works Countryman, as modified by legendary performance company Prodrive. The team was recently launched in its factory in Oxford in a nostalgia-laden gala that…

Kimi Raikkonen To Compete In NASCAR

Kimi Raikkonen To Compete In NASCAR

Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen will join NASCAR, in a surprise move, a departure from his previous endeavors in Formula 1 and rally racing. A Finnish newspaper, cited by Autosport, claims that Raikkonen will start out in the Truck series before moving on to both the Nationwide and Sprint cup car series. No start…

Ken Block Released from Hospital After Spectacular WRC Crash [Video]

Ken Block Released from Hospital After Spectacular WRC Crash [Video]

Known for pulling wild stunts behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta rally car, Ken Block had zero intention of rolling the high-powered machine five times. But that’s just what happened during a shakedown of the car ahead of the Rally of Portugal event this weekend. Block, and co-pilot Alex Gelsomino were both admitted to…

Volkswagen Planning WRC Entry With Polo

Volkswagen Planning WRC Entry With Polo

One obvious sign of economies returning to full steam is increased involvement by automakers in the incredibly expensive field of motorsports. A valuable R&D experience regardless of the outcome, the marketing aspect depends solely on if you win. With a Charlie Sheen obsession for “winning”, Volkswagen aims to get involved directly with the prestigious World…