The new Korean outfit unveiled their 2014 and full driver lineup. Hellix (Shell performance oil) will ablaze on the size. With “N”, Hyundai’s new performance division. They boasted a healthy lineup of up and coming, Thierry Nueville and established talents of Dani Sordo, Chris Atkinson and Juha Hanninen. I’d love to see them challenge VW for podiums early on in the season but I know better. With the addition of Hyundai this year and Toyota next year, I hope there are great things ahead for the WRC.
Moreover, Citroen has decided to give Kris Meeke a shot. A LOOOONNNG time coming for him. They’ve also signed Mads Ostberg. I’d give it a few days before they sign Robert Kubica and Mikko Hirvonnen.
Toyota’s TMG (Their German based racing division, also building the LMP1 car) has confirmed to be constructing a Yaris based WRC spec car for the 2014 season. It will be used as an evaluating platform for a full factory effort in the short future. They seem relatively certain of future rallying programs. VW and Hyundai are full fledged factory WRC programs. M-Sport is a privately funded team running Ford Fiestas. Citroen will be scaling back their WRC commitment with their WTCC endeavor taking first stage. The addition of Toyota is a dose of good news the FIA will take. They need the car count.
The Goodwood Revival is THE historic racing event. Brings back the days when driver had to tip toe cars around the track. Add rain into the mix, and you get this. Kenny Brack, something about Swedes that make them so good at going sideways.
Video of Brack going a bit more sideways.
Also added Chris Harris kickin some ass.
Vettel wasn’t the only recent champion. Sebastien Ogier picked up his first WRC title. Everyone knew he had the talent. The surprise came in the form of the winning manufacturer. Not often does any team in any series win outright in their first full season. Volkswagen did just that. The field is thinned out, yes, but I won’t take away any credit. Citroen and Ford should have had enough engineering and resources from a decade plus of rallying to hold of VW. Icing on the cake for Ogier, saw him take the fight to Loeb and beat him during his small 4 rally campaign. 2 wins and two 2nds for Ogier while Loeb had 2 wins a 2nd and a retirement. Ogier also beat Loeb at the Monaco Porsche Supercup race, which was won by Sean Edwards. I can’t see anyone catching up to Ogier next year. Expect a VW whitewash.
I don’t always like VWs but when I do, they’re 2 instagram queens. @farklefitment’s green hatch and @corrrrrrigan’s red one.
@ladeedubxo’s bagged City Golf. Followed by the rest of my limited VW content.
Sean Murphy’s Mk3. The Stay Strong booth, helped raise funds for Sean who’s rehabilitating from a spinal cord injury. More info.
Fairly certain these are my old beebs. Patented chipping paintjob and all. Almost wish I kept them.
Now on to the cool cars ;). My favourite car was this M3. No crazy ruined fender fitment, just a nice low stance. Perfect.
After a quick pitstop at Cars and Coffee I made my way over to the 2013 Subaru Hypermeet. I felt like there was a tad more variety this year compared to previous years. HREs would not have been seen before. Neither would that Forester trailer combo.
This. Pretty much the car I lusted after in high school Blue GC, with rally style (Compomotive, Impuls etc) wheels.
Satin red Plastidipped GD. Well done.
My old wheels!! The owner is still happy with them. Even sporting the same 2+ year old paint job. Industrial rust paint FTW.
Tremcladed by the owner on his driveway. Impressize. My tremcladed bumper on the other hand looks like ass.
The addition of the BRZ, is much welcomed.
Doooo dooooo dooooo. Coolest kid in life. Future car nut.
Jeff Zwart’s day job is a commercial director. So you’d think his run up the hill will have a great video. Will Roegge takes care of that for him.
Much like his driving style. Less flare, strictly business. Loeb’s Pikes Peak video gets the job done. With a time under 8:15, even fully paved that time is mind boggling.
To reminisce. These two video below show the old original Pikes Peak. All dirt, massive wings, massive turbo lag, massive balls. Not taking anything away from Loeb, but Vatanen and Rorhl were legends amongst men.