FIA WRC

2013 WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo

Posted in Best of, Drifting, European Rides, FIA WRC, General, Peugeot, Racing, Racing Coverage, Renault, Videos by MrAngry | January 24th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Monte Carlo Rally

They’re some of the best drivers in the world possessing nerves of steel and cat-like reflexes. These are the drivers of WRC and they’re trained to master any terrain that’s thrown at them. Sébastien Loeb is considered to be the best driver currently on the circuit and after watching these highlights from the Monte-Carlo rally, we can see why.

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Ouninpohja, Rally Finland – The Hardest WRC Stage Ever

Posted in Crashes, Event Coverage, FIA WRC, General, Racing, Racing Coverage, Videos by MrAngry | March 1st, 2012 | 3 Responses |

Ouninpohja Rally WRC

The cars that compete in the WRC are equipped to take on some of the toughest terrain imaginable at speeds of well over 100 mph. Their durability is as legendary as the drivers who pilot them, and pilot them they do. For instance the Ouninpohja stage that takes place during Rally Finland is thought to be not only the toughest stage in WRC, but also the most dangerous. It’s said that the stage is one that can never be mastered and that it’s simply too fast, however that hasn’t stopped some of the world’s best drivers from trying to tackle it head on.

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Best of WRC 2011 (Season highlights)

Posted in Crashes, Event Coverage, FIA WRC, General, Racing, Racing Coverage, Videos by MrAngry | January 8th, 2012 | 3 Responses |

2011 WRC Highlights

If you’re thing is whipping through the woods at 100 + mph with death doling trees on both sides of you, well then, have I got a treat for you! You see set before you are all the best highlights from the 2011 WRC rally season, and when I tell you these are simply outstanding, I’m not lying. We’ve got snow, tarmac, gravel, dirt and crashes that will make you wish you had a roll cage strapped to your chair. In short this video is bad-ass, so sit back, grab a beer, click through and enjoy the highlights of the craziest motorsport of them all.

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Ken Block Shows You What Fast Looks Like

Posted in FIA WRC, Racing, Videos by Kurt Ernst | August 28th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Though it can be a little hard to see the road ahead, this GoPro helmet cam footage of Ken Block shaking down the Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS WRC ahead of Rally Germany is impressive. It gives you an idea of how explosively quick pro rally cars have gotten (again), and it shows you just how puckering driving a narrow country road at triple digit speeds can be. Read More…

Ken Block Teases Gymkhana Four

Posted in Emissions, Engines, FIA WRC, Ford, Hoonage by Kurt Ernst | August 13th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

If you’re counting down the days until the release of Ken Block’s Gymkhana Four, you’ve only got four more days to go. Gymkhana Four, starring Ken Block and his Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (HFHV), will hit You Tube on Tuesday, August 16. We hope it’s not a DC shoes sales pitch, thinly disguised as a hip-hop video, but the trailer below seems to indicate that it’s the real deal. Read More…

Ken Block’s Portugal Crash, The Music Video

Posted in Bizarre, Crashes, FIA WRC, Racing by Kurt Ernst | April 20th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The video below is about three minutes long, but it’s really about the 10 second crash that Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino had in Portugal. I think I know what they were trying to do here, but only because I very nearly stacked a race in a similar fashion once. My crash (or near-crash, since I didn’t actually roll the car) couldn’t have lasted more than fifteen seconds, but the time spent sliding across the infield dirt, on two wheels, was the longest ten minutes of my life. I can still play it back in astonishing detail, and I clearly remember taking my hands off the wheel (since broken thumbs suck), shutting off the fuel pump and oil system and getting ready to hit the release on my harness. If that’s what Block, or more specifically, Monster World Rally, was going for here I’d say they nailed it. Except for the whole swimming underwater in Nomex thing, which I’d just write off as art. Enjoy.

Catching Up With Ken Block

Posted in FIA WRC, News, People by Kurt Ernst | March 30th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

As years go, 2011 hasn’t started off on the best note for me. Compared to Ken Block, however, I can’t complain: he hasn’t fared well in any single WRC event run to date, and had a massive crash in Portugal that destroyed the Monster World Rally Ford Fiesta in the pre-race shakedown stage. He’s got some downtime in April since his wife is due to “pop out (their) 3rd kid”, but he’s back to his usual balls out schedule in May. His next WRC event is the Rally of Argentina on May 26, but don’t expect Block to be idle until then, since there’s plenty of testing and tuning to do. He’d tell you what his schedule is himself, but it’s still not finalized for the remainder of 2011. Despite suffering a 16 g crash just days before the interview below, Block seems none the worse for wear and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season. Read More…

Ken Block Stacks It Like, Well, Ken Block

Posted in FIA WRC, News, People by Kurt Ernst | March 24th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Ken Block logs some flight time. Image: RallyMania

Go big or go home could be Ken Block’s personal trademark. The Rally / Gymkhana / X-Games driver was shaking down his Ford Fiesta WRC car, in preparation for this weekend’s Rally of Portugal, when he experienced a “fourth gear incident”. In other words, Block was hammer down when he lost control, rolling the car five times and sending both himself and co-driver Alex Gelsomino to a local hospital for evaluation. The good news is that the pair were uninjured in the spectacular crash; the bad news is their car was a write-off, at least for this weekend’s event. Both Block and Gelsomino are back in the U.S., where they will begin preparation for the upcoming Rally Argentina, scheduled for May 26 to 29. Read More…

Bring A Trailer Find: Ford RS200 Evolution

Posted in Car Auctions, Favorite Cars, Featured, FIA WRC, Ford by Kurt Ernst | February 19th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

Image: RM Auctions

Sometimes I really, really hate the internet. It takes a lot of surfing to find stories that are worth posting, since nobody wants to read a site that just re-hashes manufacturer’s press releases. Sometimes you stumble across something that you shouldn’t, simply because it will create an unrelenting desire to sell everything you own and buy it. Take, for example, this 1986 Ford RS200 Evo, found on Bring A Trailer, that will be sold at the RM Auctions Amelia Island event. To say I want this car is perhaps the biggest understatement in written history; I, in fact yearn for this car in a most illogical and unhealthy manner. Read More…

Ken Block Shakes Down The WRC Fiesta In Sweden

Posted in FIA WRC, Ford, Racing Coverage, Rally by Kurt Ernst | February 11th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Image: Monster World Rally Team

The WRC season kicks off this weekend with Rally Sweden, and here’s two minutes of Ken Block trying to keep his Ford Fiesta WRC car pointed in roughly the right direction during shake down testing. Despite studded tires and AWD, Block seems to spend a surprising amount of time sideways, scrubbing off speed. It looks like the new Ford Fiesta may prove even more challenging to drive than last year’s WRC Ford Focus. Block knows what he needs to do to improve in 2011, and a lot of that is dependent upon creating better pace notes with his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino. More below. Read More…