Monday, January 17, 2011
Group “B” Rally Cars, the heyday
Over its short life, 1982 to 87, the industry pushed and pushed the boundaries to get as much horse power out of the cars as possible. Toward the end the mum’s shopping car in many cases had become mid engine with huge wheel arches producing 600bhp. They bared no relation to the original car apart from a few rouge panels.
Unfortunately all this power was the end of the class, with safety concerns over the speeds being produced, it was used to reign in the pretty much unregulated strain of rallying. Leaving a number of rare and extreme cars to remember when rallying had its heyday. After 1987 many manufacturers modified their cars for the Paris Dakar rally.
To show the extreme transformation some cars went through below is some before and after images, please take a look at the links below for more information and the specs on these great cars-
Citroën BX 4TC-
Opel Kadett 4S/Vauxhall Astra-
Peugeot 205 T16-
Renault 5 Turbo-
Rover Metro 6R4-
For more information-