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Rally WRC vs GROUP B -

Rally WRC vs GROUP B battle of generations

This is a choice between generations, do you prefer the new WRC 2017 with increased power and torque or the old timeless GROUP B? Is the golden era back?!

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. The driver's world championship and manufacturer's world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system. The series currently consists of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.
The 2017 season saw substantial revisions to the technical regulations aimed at improving the performance of the cars and offering teams a greater degree of technical and design freedom. Toyota returned to the sport as a full manufacturer team, entering the Toyota Yaris WRC, as did Citroën, who returned to full-time competition after contesting a partial campaign in 2016. Conversely, Volkswagen formally withdrew from the championship at the end of the 2016 season.

Group B was a set of regulations introduced in 1982 for competition vehicles in sportscar racing and rallying regulated by the FIA. The Group B regulations fostered some of the fastest, most powerful, and most sophisticated rally cars ever built and is commonly referred to as the golden era of rallying. However, a series of major accidents, some of them fatal, were blamed on their outright speed and lack of crowd control. After the death of Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto in the 1986 Tour de Corse, the FIA disestablished the class, dropped its previous plans to replace it by Group S, and instead replaced it as the top-line formula by Group A. The short-lived Group B era has acquired legendary status among rally fans.
Group B had few restrictions on technology, design and the number of cars required for homologation to compete—200, less than other series. Weight was kept as low as possible, high-tech materials were permitted, and there were no restrictions on boost, resulting in the power output of the winning cars increasing from 250 hp in 1981, the year before Group B rules were introduced, to there being at least two cars producing in excess of 500 by 1986, the final year of Group B. In just 5 years, the power output of rally cars had more than doubled.

Here is the list of alla the great cars of the Group B era:

Audi quattro A1 1982
quattro A2 1983
Sport quattro S1 1984
Sport quattro S1 E2 1985
Austin Rover MG Metro 6R4 1985
BMW M1 1983
Citroën Visa Trophée 1982
BX 4TC 1986
Ferrari 308 GTB 1982
288 GTO 1985
Ford RS200 1986
Lancia 037 1982
037 Evo 1983
Delta S4 1985
Mazda RX-7 1984
Nissan 240 RS 1983
Opel Ascona 400 1982
Manta 400 1983
Peugeot 205 T16 1984
205 T16 Evo2 1985
Porsche 911 SC/RS 1982
959 1985
961 1986
Renault 5 Turbo 1983
5 Maxi Turbo 1984
Toyota Celica Twin-Cam Turbo 1983

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