So on the whole, the last two games have done a grand job of covering important eras of rallying and providing a huge variety of cars and classes. But classes of rallying aren’t particularly straightforward and I’ve noticed several discussions about this recently. On the whole, I felt D4 was pretty close to being spot on, but there were a few glaring points that stood out to me. Obviously, modern classes are fairly straightforward, but it was the historics that pushed DR from great to phenomenal to me and they’re different kettles of fish.
- The Lancia Stratos being in a different class to the Escort and 131. To me, this was the huge step back in class terms; the Stratos’ natural competitors are all in the H2 RWD class, but for some reason the mid-70s prototype finds itself up against M3s and Sierras that were commonplace in the 90s.
- The Lancer Evo 6 always seemed like a weird choice to me, but grouping it with the Lancia Delta 10 years its senior, when its contemporary Focus and Impreza were in a separate class never felt right.
- Ignoring the Stratos, the grouping of early 80s Group 4 and late 80s Group A, whilst a two car Group B RWD class was separate, felt like a confusing split.
- I was never a fan of the 2001 and 2007 cars being mixed together, when they would never have mixed in real life, but I’ve definitely mellowed on this one due to it representing club rallying.
Now, there’s every chance that all machinery made to ‘WRC’ regulations is out, rendering this discussion partially moot, but I would like to know others’ opinions on this matter anyway. Just for curiosity’s sake.
Personally, I don’t know what my splits would be. I’ve thought it over, but other than the obvious (move the Stratos to H2 please!) I’m not sure. On that note…
Group 2 (de facto 60s class)
Mini Cooper S
Lancia Fulvia HF 1300
Saab 96 (fingers remain crossed!)
Group 4 (de facto late 70s class)
Renault 5 Turbo
Porsche 911 (hey, I can dream)
Group A 2WD
VW Golf MK2
Group B RWD
Group B 4WD
Audi Sport Quattro
MG Metro 6R4
Peugeot 205 Evo2
Group A 4WD
Subaru Impreza 555
Ford Escort Cosworth
I’m still stuck as to where I’d stick the Lancer Evo 6 if it were to return, so I’m sitting on that one...
I feel a bit uneasy about splitting the Lancia Delta from the Sierra and M3 and I would like to see the early Quattro and 205 to compete directly with the Manta and 037, but I think the above is my preference as things stand.
So come on, there are no wrong answers here (apart from not moving the Stratos, of course :P), let's hear your thoughts.