Today, only three manufacturers–Ford, Volkswagen, and Hyundai–compete in the World Rally Championship. That’s the fewest number of automakers there’s ever been. In the past, that number was triple of what it is now with the likes of Audi, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Peugeot, Lancia, Mini, Renault, Ferrari, Lada, Nissan, Open, Mazda, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, and Toyota all participating in some form or another. Rally, like Formula 1, has lost its luster and teams have continually pulled out.
As rally fans ourselves, we long for the days of Group B, where fire-spitting monsters raced over gravel at preposterous speeds. Where drivers were on the very ragged edge of what was technically possible and how fast they dared to go.
Part of the current ineffectiveness to gain rally fans, in our opinion, comes down to the lack of manufacturer participation. We don’t have a grid replete of the automakers like was detailed above, we just have three. But what if we didn’t? What if more manufacturers returned to their rally heritage? Well, then you’d get these awesome renderings.
These renderings were done by Car Wow and show off what modern cars could look like if they were given a full on rally makeover. Using heavy Group B influence, these renderings are spectacular and have us shouting “DO IT!” to all the manufacturers on this list.
You have Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia, a new Audi Ur-Quattro using the new TT RS, a Ford Mustang that uses the RS200 as its inspiration, a Rothman’s Porsche 911, even a Rolls-Royce Wraith complete with massive front fog lights, and a roof scoop for added effect.
These cars will likely never happen, but today’s rally fans want something to reinvigorate the sport. They want drama, they want drivers with absurd skill, and they want 900-horsepower monsters that rip through forests like a wildfire. More manufacturers need to come back to the racing realm, and especially come back to rally.