Terrifying onboard video of a rally from the mid 80's

Walter Röhrl in his Audi Sport Quattro S1

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+10 1. torbengb commented 8 years ago

A lot of spectators with a death wish :O Luckily it's not quite that bad anymore, but some stupid people are still alive.

Audi's are luxury cars, but this one doesn't look particularly comfy, nor are the interiors all that nice :x
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+10 2. Darkic commented 8 years ago

for me thats the best rally engine ever made!
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+6 3. metataggers commented 8 years ago

Audi Quattro Rally Sport dominated in the day.
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+17 4. Malakyte commented 8 years ago

Did you see? They have all the cheat codes for the race at 00:19 and 00:34.
No wonder they can drive that fast! >:)
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+2 5. Gondy10 commented 8 years ago

1 Mistake = Fatality is too high.. :O :O
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+3 6. SilverPT commented 8 years ago

I am proud and not proud to say this was in my country, Portugal :)
Proud because back then it was considered by many drivers the best rally in the championship.
Not so proud because it was this crowd behaviour that lead to a tragedy back in 86.
A fan was on the inside of the corner and the portuguese driver of the Ford RS200, to avoid running him over, turned to the right, unbalancing the car and plunged into the crowd onto the outside of the corner :S
Check that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3JaOKRvPH0#t=136
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+2 7. Blazevim commented 8 years ago

FYI, the posted video is shot in Finland. The guy in the beginning counts in finnish 5,4,3,2,1. In those times all rally tracks around the world were without safety lanes. Nowadays they started to pay attention on safety of publicity. Still not so well.
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0 8. SilverPT commented 8 years ago

The bigining might be, but I'm prettu sure the stages from 0:24 is in Portugal. It is a stage called Fafe :)
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+1 9. snotraddict commented 8 years ago

Terrifying? Hardly, damn excellent I say.
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+2 10. ermini commented 8 years ago

#2 for one of the best drivers ever
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0 11. the_puiu commented 8 years ago

Is this before turbo?
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0 12. Guss commented 8 years ago

#11 no, trubo was useed, Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, Porsche 911 Turbo, Renault 5 Turbo 2 ...

It was groupe B
It was a "no limit" category (the only one was the design and the number of cars produced in series)
I think, there is nothing equivalent today in rally.
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+2 13. Noobeater commented 8 years ago

This was in the old days, when getting run over by a rally car was THE thing to do.
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0 14. Bart1231 commented 8 years ago

how cool is that!
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+1 15. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

All it would take is the navigator to sneeze and it would be all over, actually and literally >:)
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+1 16. schlafanzyk commented 8 years ago

#12 There's still Pikes Peak, which is about as nuts as Groub B was. The 80s were right at the intersection of almost no safety measures and skyrocketing turbo technology. Something like Group B would be totally fine today, as safety technology and regulation has come a long way, catching up with engine component development.
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+1 17. 98oktan commented 7 years ago

On the subject of crowd endangerment, Röhrl once looked back in an interview and said, "They should have put us all in a long line and punched every one of us in the face." [for taking such a risk]

It couldn't happen today, and that's just one more reason why Group B is the stuff of legends.