Timo Salonen, Stig Blomqvist, Juha Kankkunen, Hannu Mikkola, Walter Röhrl. Titanic names in rallying… and all of them world Champions. Moreover they are just a handful of legendary names that are forever emblazoned in motorsport history. We're talking Group B rally of course. A now near mythical golden era between 1982 and 1986, which was responsible for some of the fastest and most powerful rally cars ever built.
Four-wheel drive, combined with massive red-hot glowing turbos, huge aerodynamics, and down right sh*t scary performance created a spectacle which captured the attention of drivers and fans worldwide. At the time it was claimed that a Group B car could accelerate from 0-60mph (96km/h) on a gravel road, in just 2.3 seconds. It was this combination of the raw speed, talent, and jaw dropping power that helped create the allure of Group-B, and with it, a fan base that has lasted decades.
For better or worse - and we’ll let you argue that one - things have changed quite a bit since then. Racing is safer and probably more professional; with the motorsport community having moved on from insane scenes of unregulated power, and hoards of fans playing chicken with oncoming cars. Seriously; search for “1980s crazy rally fans” if you don’t know.
Fast forward 36 years, and off-road racing is on the cusp of another ground-breaking era.