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  1. 17 hours ago, carpa said:

    Enough years have passed that the memory of Group B has trascended into legend and all the not-so-spectacular sides have been forgotten. 

    I would love to know how many of those that glorify those days were actually around to see them... I surely wasn't 😅

    100% agree. Group B seems to be increasingly romanticised and worshipped (especially on social media) by so-called fans who have little knowledge of that era beyond a handful of compilation videos they have seen. No doubt the Group B cars, especially the latter 4WD cars, were absolutely animals but, as said, they were often unwieldy and painfully unreliable at times. 

    Subsequent eras have, in my opinion, produced equally or more spectacular action and, more critically, much more competitive Championships.  

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  2. Timmy Hansen (unsurprisingly) confirmed in a second Hansen car today. Slowly starting to see the numbers rise for WRX this year, lets hope there is enough to give us a decent season. 

    Another trip to Lydden at the end of last month, this time for the first two rounds of the 5 Nations British Championship. Not the biggest entry in Supercar, but a very tight field at a couple of great finals, plus some really good racing in a lot of the other classes. Few snaps...

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    ...with more pictures here if you are bored!

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  3. On 6/3/2021 at 10:10 PM, carpa said:

    We will get to drive those in a codemasters game, though😄

     

    I have my fingers crossed that both the final non-hybrid and hybrid WRCars make it into the CM WRC game. 

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  4. Can't believe Dirt 3 was 10 years ago either! Was fortunate enough to have my first play of it at the game launch at Battersea. Unfortunately I had to do it sitting beside Neil Cole, so I was heavily distracted by the urge to throw the controller at him.

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  5. On 5/12/2021 at 10:02 AM, PJTierney said:

    Aw Hell, no 😞 

    Real shame to see Hell gone, that and Holjes are two of my absolute favourites, plus I was really hoping that the date for Spa would move so it wouldn't clash with RallyLegend. 

    While we are waiting for World Rallycross news few snaps from the first round of the BTRDA Rallycross Championship at Lydden a few weeks ago: 

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    First British Championship round at Lydden at the end of the month. Hoping for decent entry numbers there, especially in the Supercar class, so it should be a good weekend. 

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  6. I think everyone agrees that the best 2018 Supercar is the Megane, then I would say the Audi S1 (which I much prefer driving).

    Best 2019 Supercar is harder to pick. 208 is probably the best all rounder, MINI and Ibiza are also fast as well. S1 is my most used car in the 2019 class as well though! 

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  7. 4 hours ago, JZStudios said:

    He said in the initial build videos he was going to "modernize" it with better kit.

    It wasn't even close to period specification when he brought it. The origin of that chassis is hazy, it seems likely that it is one of the Glomma Papp rallycross cars, but that isn't certain.

    The car was built up to Evo specification and ran a couple of different gearboxes (and colour schemes) before going up for sale in 2014. Apparently the engine in it at that time was a Schanche built 2.3L, but I haven't seen that verified, nor am I certain that is the engine in it now (it is listed as 2.1L, but the seller may not be aware). 

    Block changed wheels and suspension dampers on it; so at a minimum that is unoriginal engine, ECU, gearbox and suspension... plus the car was assembled as a "bitsa" in the first place... 

    ...someone has handed the cash over though! 

  8. 4 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    We mentioned it before, @tbtstt said it was this smorgasboard of updates and not a "real" RS200 or something 😄 

    Genuine tub, but not a factory assembled car and not an original "Evo" specification car as claimed in some videos. 

    According to the site listing it has now sold (for $550K) @F2CMaDMaXX, which means that Block sold it for fives more than he paid for it. 

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  9. 27 minutes ago, dgeesi0 said:

    the porsche livery is gourgeous. also i guess it explains why all his old cars are gone or going.

    Still not quite sure why he has sold everything: just the EsCos (and maybe the Hoonitruck) left now. 

  10. 2 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    A bunch of us have been chatting on Discord and think that the longer body indicates Ford switching from the Fiesta to the Puma (despite the front end clearly being a Fiesta).

     

    Used Ford Puma

    I hope not, but that mule definitely looks longer. That said, I understand that the 2022 cars will all be based on an FiA designed structure, with panels clad on top. With that in mind perhaps they will just be using modified Fiesta panels for next year. 

  11. 9 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    It's essentially the same WRX that the factory team has, right?

    Yeah, I believe it is a Vermont built car being run by Hoonigan Racing. 

  12. Croatia was pretty damn entertaining! I'll leave debating the incident on Sunday morning, but a fantastic recovery from Ogier. He seems to manage situations that would fluster others so well. Still turning out these sorts of drives this far into his career continually makes me question who the greatest Seb is. 

    Gutted for Evans but, sorry to say it, I think the best man won.

    Very impressed by Fourmaux as well. Not the first time he has driven the car, but the first time at this level and I thought he delivered a good result.

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  13. 31 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

     

    2nd in Olympus (behind Pastrana) last weekend. Not a bad debut in the car, but aided by the retirement of Semenuk and absence of McKenna. 

  14. 6 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

    What was the STARD car like on-track?

    Very quick in the right hands.

    I wasn't too sure about it in the morning, as a lot of the drivers were either press or non-rallycross (Matt Neal was one of the first out on track). Most of them were only getting three or four laps in the car, so they were (understandably) pretty tentative initially and only really got decent speed on the last lap. 

    Manfred Stohl took the car out before lunchtime and that is when it got a lot more interesting to watch. I had the impression (from both Projekt E TV coverage and the morning viewing) that car was a bit stiff to drive. Stohl was obviously a lot more comfortable in it and understood how to effectively use the power. The car looked as fluid in his hands as any petrol Supercar I have seen and he was doing some beautiful exits from North Bend: sliding, on the power and laying down black lines...

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    They did some launch comparisons with Andy Scott (I think Chris Hoy was driving the STARD for that) and both cars were neck-and-neck up to turn one. Makes me think that mixing electric with the petrol Supercars might actually prove pretty interesting. Sadly I didn't see any lap timing for the day, as I would like to see how electric compared with petrol on a full lap...

    ...especially as one of the last drivers out on the day was Liam Doran. Apparently it was his first time in an electric car but, in standard Liam style, he trundled out of the paddock and then just sent it. It wasn't the most sideways I have seen him coming into Paddock, but he was immediately drifting the Fiesta and I actually thought it looked a bit more manic than a petrol Supercar on the limit (I guess the power delivery is a bit more snappy). 

    The sound was - predictably I guess - the only real negative. Modern Supercars typically aren't that loud, but I bloody love the crackle of ALS and that was of course absent. That said, there was quite a lot of screeching tyres and the whine of electric wasn't as irritating as I thought it was going to be. I can't see me loving an electric Supercar as much as I do the petrol equivalent, but I think the racing could still be spectacular with a field full of these. 

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  15. 1 hour ago, PJTierney said:

    Have they scrapped the Petrol v Electric plans for the Supercars?

    I am honestly not sure what the latest version of the plan is! WRC Promoter have a lot to sort and I suspect that item might be a bit further down the agenda...

    ...5 Nations have opened the Supercar car up to electric cars this year. Natalie Barrett and Chris Hoy are both looking to run electric cars for the full season (if they can get the budget). Personally think that a mixed top class is - and always should have been the way - to introduce electric. Fans can get used to it and, as the cars get quicker, the top teams will naturally adopt the fastest car and switch over. 

    Liam (Doran) took the Fiesta ERX out for a couple of laps and absolutely drove the arse off it. Slightly reassured me that they can be spectacular!

  16. Enzo Ide confirms a full season in WRX...

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    ...so at least there will be one car on the grid! :classic_laugh:

    There was a media day held at Lydden last week for the forthcoming 5 Nations Championship (and also a bit of pre-season testing). Mixture of old and new cars plus *awaits drama* the STARD Fiesta ERX.

    The Fiesta was out throughout the day with various BTCC and rallycross drivers giving it a go. I still can't see an electric car having the same emotional impact as a petrol car, but there is no doubt that they are quick in the right hands. Car looked way more stable in person that I thought it did on TV (though I appreciate that a lot more refinement has likely happened since the debut of the car last year). 

    I - perhaps controversially - hope that someone manages to get the budget to run one in the UK this year, as I think petrol vs. electric could be pretty interesting. 

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  17. 8 hours ago, gk9147 said:

    Wrc 10 with new cars and new country  , i hope see counter-attack codemasters with DR 3 

     

     

     

    I want it to be decent, as the current specification WRCars deserve a great game!

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  18. On 4/6/2021 at 8:47 PM, UP100 said:

    Thanks @tbtstt. A bot was actually able to sneak into an actually used forum for once. They usually just bother me on General Discussion and Off-Topic 😛 

    No worries @UP100, I did a double take when I read the post: might suggest that I have spent too much time here when I recognised the wording of a post from almost seven years ago...

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  19. 14 hours ago, PJTierney said:

    He drove a Skoda Fabia in the recent rally.

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    I do like how he's sponsored by Toyo Tires and as such has to blacken out the Pirelli logos on the actual wheels of the car 😄

    I could be proven wrong, but I think the Skoda outing was more of a convenience rather than the sign of a new partnership.

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