Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Here are some of today’s cars as Group B monsters.

The 2016 edition of the World Rally Championship is
upon us with the best teams taking on some of the most grueling driving events the
world has to offer. Spines will be compressed, dust will be thrown, and when it comes to spectators, please stay behind the safety line. WRC has steadily been growing in popularity
and major manufacturers have taken notice, giving the
series new entries in the shape of micro-beast versions of everyday family cars.

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Today’s rally machines are lightning fast honey badgers, devouring each stage in rapid time. But let’s time capsule this and give the manufactures free rein just like the glory days of Group B. The geniuses over at Mad Artist Group partnered with
CarWow, with artist Yasid Oozear offering a glimpse of what a modern Group B
could look like. They also threw in some Dakar-inspired vehicles just for good
measure. Group B cannot exist without Lancia, winners of 11 world championships and creators of some of the most striking dirt-crazed supercars (looking at you Stratos and 037). No homage to Group B would be complete without the famed Italian marque.

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Lancia of late however has faltered a bit; the Fiat Chrysler subsidiary gave us the Fulvia and in conceptual rally guise memories of the Delta come back to life. The Alitalia livery looks right at home, and we can only dream that one day that FCA will green light a return to rallying for Lancia. Is there anything the Porsche 911 can’t do? The 959
may get most of the credit for being Porsche’s Paris-Dakar champion but the 953
(a heavily modified 911 built for the 1984 Dakar), was the OG of Rothmans-Porsche dominance. The rendering shows a dust-spewing wide-hipped 991 sporting a bash bar that’s very reminiscent of the Martini-liveried Safari 911 SC.

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Converted GT3’s may still compete on rally stages
but a factory-backed return is definitely something to dream about. Okay, we know that the 1971 “Red Pig” 300SEL
was never a rally car and that it placed second at the 24 Hours of Spa. The
Mercedes-Benz Rally lineage belongs to the SLC 500 and the W201 190E (before
that idea was shelved.) As much as we’d love to see the glorious sounding
M156/M159 6.2 in the behemoth S-Class, that engine has been phased out and, well,
having a twin-turbo V12 in its stead is not so bad is it?

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

So there is absolutely no limit to how badly we want to hear the banshee howls and waste-gate flutter of a turbo five-cylinder Audi annihilating a rally stage. Based off the TT,
this render greatly reminds us of the “secret” Group S prototype Audi kept
under wraps. Liveried in the Walter Rohrl UR-Quattro scheme, our brains can surely
fantasize about such a reality.

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

A Mustang rally car? Stranger things have
happened to Mustangs, and the sports car is no stranger when it comes to playing in the dirt. What
intrigues us, however, is the homage to the mid-engined RS200. The lightweight, four-wheel-drive RS200 is perhaps the antithesis of the lumbering
rear-wheel drive V8 stallion. An idea that trickled into our noggins was maybe
a four-wheel drive EcoBoost Mustang barreling down tight lanes and sliding
through the apex. Ford already has a competitive rally program but maybe the
Mustang can work its way in. A David and Goliath battle between the Fiesta and
Mustang could surely draw crowds.

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Donning our parkas and idly standing by we can
only dream of a resurrected Group B series, one that gives the manufacturers freedom and a dash of insanity to bring us back to the spine-tingling spectacle
that helped the segment leave its mark. Should fate permit such a gift it will probably end up being
won by a man named Sebastien.

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?

Would Modern Versions of Legendary Rally Cars Look Like This?