2019 Fire Extinguisher Rules

Many seem to trip up on the requirements for this simple yet mandatory safety equipment. Let’s take a look at the 2019 fire extinguisher rules for motorsport. Hand Held Fire Extinguishers Testing How often does a fire extinguisher need testing? The straight answer is every three years. This is determined by the date stamped into…

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Subaru versus Toyota 2018

It’s been a long time since there was a Subaru versus Toyota battle in any rally championship. Back in the 90’s the two manufacturers fought it out fiercely in the WRC. At the time Prodrive WRX versus TTE Celica was a big budget, high stakes game. 21 years on Over 20 years since those cars…

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Fitting a Hydraulic handbrake to a Ford Fiesta rally car

R1 Spec Ford Fiesta Effectively the R1 spec Ford Fiesta is an entry level into the Word Rally Championship (WRC). The class was developed by Ford and M-Sport based on the production model car. Many of us are probably familiar with the Fiesta World Rally Car or Ken Block’s Gymkhana machines. Ford wanted to include a…

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The cycle of rally – Group B to WRC and back again

The cycle of world rallying is set to continue as this year draws to a close. As we plan for 2017, let’s take a look back at the last three decades and see why. Winding the clock back Group B By the mid 80’s the WRC’s premier category was Group B. The loose rules allowed…

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How to become a Rally Driver Part 6 – Buying a used rally car

How do you go about finding a used rally car? You want a good one and not something that should be sent to the scrap heap. -To be fair, we have rescued a few lately! Don’t know what type of car to buy as your first? Click Here for Part 5. Rally cars have to…

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Daihatsu Applause rally car build part 3

Snatched from the jaws of the crusher post 3. Rear Brakes Now the suspension was sorted, the rear brake fittings could be completed. First task was to remove the obsolete factory cable handbrake and blank off the cable openings in the tunnel. A new hydraulic handbrake meant making up and welding in a mounting bracket as…

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Daihatsu Applause rally car build part 2

Saved from the crusher post 2. Our attention then turned to the interior of the car. We set about completing some minor seam welding around the rear towers, tidying a few areas and removing the factory seat mount brackets. The owner wanted different race seats from those already in the car so we also added some…

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Hyundai Excel Rally Car Specs

Background The Hyundai Excel stretches back to the 1980’s when the first examples started out on Australian roads. Back then, the cars were not brilliant and it took some years for the Korean manufacturer to improve production. It was the mid 90’s when fortunes really changed for Hyundai in the form of the X3 model…

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Toyota Celica GT4 Rally Car specs

Background In the mid-late 80’s Lancia was all dominating in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with its Lancia Delta. Several manufacturers had cars in development to compete against Lancia however it was Toyota who would mount the biggest charge with the Celica. Built with a 2l turbo charged engine and constant four wheel drive, the…

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Nissan Silvia Rally Car Specs

Background By the time the Silvia/180SX S13 began production, four wheel drive was needed to win in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and so Nissan never intended to run it at WRC level. The earlier S12 model (which we knew as the Gazelle) did win the East African Safari Rally in 1987 where more ruggedly built,…

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