The second Group B Rally car to join my collection.
This is Henri Toivonen and Neil Wilson’s Lancia Delta S4 which competed in the 1985 RAC Rally of Great Britain.
Took a saw to the apple tree in the garden to provide a fallen tree trunk as part of the diorama. This is the first set of model shots I’ve actually taken outside, saying as we had some nice sun today.
Without doubt the most advanced car to ever take to the worlds rally stages, the Lancia Delta S4 was the pinnacle achievement of the short lived Group B class of the World Rally Championship.
With a mid-mounted engine that was both supercharged and turbocharged, the Lancia Delta S4 that competed in the WRC produced about 560bhp.
The car is stated to be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in just a fraction over 2 seconds… and that was on loose gravel!
This supreme performance came with a heavy price, with the Lancia Delta S4 being an incredibly difficult car to drive.
It is said that only one driver came close to mastering this beast of a car. Henri Toivonen.
Unfortunately, it still killed him and his co-driver, Sergio Cresto, in the 1986 Tour de Corse Rally.
Their Lancia Delta S4 plunged into a ravine and the traditional fuel tanks, located directly under their seats, burst into flames.
The car and its occupants was completely incinerated.
Just about the only thing that remained was the tubular space frame.
The first Group B Rally car to join my collection, and probably the best all-rounder the series ever saw, winning both the drivers and constructors championships in 1985 and 86.
It may not have quite had the outright performance on the Lancia Delta S4, but it wasn’t as difficult to drive either.
Following Group B being banned for the 1987 season, Peugeot would run a modified 205 T16 in the infamous Paris-Dakar Rally, which it won.
The 205 T16 was also developed into the 405 T16, made famous by setting a new record time for the Pikes Peak hill climb even.
An award winning short film was made of this run, titled “Dance Climb”
The epic Audi Quattro S1 and Ford RS200 Group B Rally Cars.
Group B Rally had very few technical restrictions and low homologation numbers (only 200) which saw cars that were, quite frankly, insane in their performance.
The discipline lasted a mere four years before being banned by the FIA after a string of serious accidents, some fatal, that were blamed on the outright speed of these cars that produced about 500hp.
Although very short lived, Group B absolutely exploded the popularity of Rally, and the sport has never regained that same level fame, despite the efforts of Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Travis Pastrana or Ken Block.
Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Audi Quattro S1, Group B Rally Car.
From the new February DLC pack for Forza 4.
I’ve learnt a few more things about how the photo mode really works in Forza 4, specifically how to use the focus slider properly, so hopefully I’ll be able to make them a bit more interesting now.
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Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Audi Sport Quattro, in Group B Rally Car trim, upgraded and tuned to Group B spec.
Parked up on the side of the road as the sun sets over some lovely Spanish mountains.
Keeping the Forza theme going. The November Speed Pack is now available from the XBL Marketplace although, typically, its not yet listed in-game for season pass holders!
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