There are few things in life that I love, and one of them are cars. There are two specfic motorsports that I like to read about or watch or even think about. Its drifting and rallying. Today I want to write about rallies, but not overall. I want to take closer look to, the in my opinion, best time in that motorsport.
The Group B
The Group B era started in 1982. The first true Group B car was Lancia 037.
The two cars that I will describe are my favourite. First of them is Lancia Delta S4.
The Lancia Delta S4 has changed the seat of the 037 Stradale in early times at Group B. Delta S4 introduced four wheel drive system for the first time in a Lancia WRC car. Thanks to the engine car produced 480 bhp. Delta had slightly lower engine capacity at 1.8 litres but because of addition of both a turbocharger and supercharger power was little higher. In this car Henri Toivonen and his co-driver lost their lives. The crash was one of the reasons of banning Group B.
My second favourite car from Group B is Audi Sport Quattro (S1).
This car is the most important rally car of all time. Audi could accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds on almost every surface. Quattro four wheel drive system has proved himself on dirt and gravel. Many will still remember its five-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine scream. The sound of this car was pure brutality. Here is video showing of how this car took corners and flew over jumps.
There were many more cars that competed in this Group but i decided to describe my favourites.
We can't of course forget that you needed drivers capable of handling such powerful and raw machines. There was no high-tech electronic driving aids or even differential technology. Power bands were very narrow (high RPM) with average torque figures. In short, it was a pure blend of man and machine. Group B tested drivers skill, bravery of driving those cars with full speed at the corners and their determination.
Four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen
Like everything times of TheGroup B has eneded. FIS (International Automobile Federation) decided that those cars are too fast too powerfull and too unsafe. At the last months of Group B even drivers said that those machines are too powerful and they are not more able to controll them. Eventually The Group B was banned after 1986 season. Main reason of the Group ban were few deadly crashes that included deaths of drivers and spectators. The FISA would later admit to not have foreseen how fast the Group B cars would become in such a short period of time.
Crowd at one of the rallies