Entries by Jeson Splitting

Biasion joins Stellantis to develop the Lancia Ypsilon HF Rally4

Luca Napolitano, the CEO of Lancia, expressed his excitement about Biasion’s involvement, highlighting the importance of the two-time World Rally Champion in the development of both the Ypsilon Rally4 HF and its road-going counterpart, both scheduled for launch next year. Legendary rally driver Miki Biasion is set to make a significant return to the Lancia […]


Toyota drivers aim for Championship amid rising pressure from Hyundai

Jari-Matti Latvala took on the role of team principal at Toyota in early 2021. Under his leadership, the Japanese manufacturer has consistently secured both the constructors’ and drivers’ titles each year. However, this year presents new challenges. As the current season of the World Rally Championship (WRC) progresses, Toyota finds itself in a tight battle […]


Tänak is improving, Abiteboul wants to help him

The head of the team assured that Hyundai is diligently working on aligning the car and its configurations more closely with Tänak’s preferences. Tänak’s World Rally Championship season kicked off with a tepid start. In the initial four rallies, Tänak fell short of reaching the podium. However, he surged to a second-place finish a couple […]


The key moments of Ogier’s success in Portugal

Ogier had to work incredibly hard for this victory, as the 57th Vodafone Rally de Portugal was one of the most balanced editions ever. The rally saw five different leaders—Thierry Neuville, Takamoto Katsuta, Kalle Rovanperä, Ott Tänak, and Sébastien Ogier—resulting in six leader changes throughout the event. The 7.9s gap between Sébastien Ogier and Ott […]

New evolutionary steps, the Fabia tests in Portugal

Once homologated by the FIA, only a few parts of a Rally2 car can be modified. To introduce a modification, the manufacturer needs to request a homologation extension. There are restrictions on the number of extensions allowed, some of which are intended for error corrections or evolutions of the base car in series production. “Škoda […]


Rallye4you, the brilliant idea of Austrian rallies

The purpose of this initiative is clear: to offer crews new opportunities, organizers the chance to attract additional participants, and fans the promise of spectacular vehicles and adrenaline-fueled action on ÖRM’s special stages. The first discussions about the support program and its related regulations date back to October 2022. Since then, a bold idea has […]


Armin Kremer gears up for exciting season in WRC Masters Cup

For Kremer, the foundation for success lies in the familiar environment he will be surrounded by. His Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 will once again be entrusted to the Austrian team, BRR, with the seasoned national champion Raimund Baumschlager at the helm. As the countdown begins for the upcoming season, Armin Kremer is eagerly anticipating the […]


Séb Loeb? M-Sport denies the news

The lie about Loeb’s move to M-Sport, in fact, had no logic whatsoever compared to the work that the French world rally champion is doing with Dacia and Prodrive to develop the new car for the Dakar. M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener flatly denied the news. Rumors recently emerged according to which Sébastien Loeb […]

Pirelli develops with Mikkelsen and Citroen C3 WRC Plus

Even though the rest of this year’s World Rally Championship calendar is yet to be fully confirmed following the enforced stoppage due to Covid-19, the premier category is ready to go again. Pirelli will take to the stages once more very shortly, in order to develop tyres for the 2021 World Rally Championship, where the […]

The history of rally cars

Although there had been exceptions like the outlandish Ford V8 specials created for the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally, rallies before World War II had tended to be for standard or near-standard production cars. Auto manufacturers had entered cars in rallies, and in their forerunner and cousin events, from the very beginning. The 1894 Paris-Rouen race […]