Renault 5 for Monte

January 25th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

A trio of Renault 5 Alpines will contest this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique to start the celebrations marking the car’s 40th anniversary.

The cars have been purposely prepared for the event and will be driven by Frenchmen Jean Ragnotti who was second on the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally in a 5 Alpine, Alain Serpaggi and Manu Guigou. All three cars will start the rally from Reims.

This year, Renault is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Renault 5, which notched up total sales of five million cars in the course of its career. The diminutive French hatchback will be in the spotlight throughout 2012, and celebrations will kick off with the presence of three original, Renault-entered Renault 5 Alpines on the 2012 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique.

The three cars have been specially prepared for the Monegasque event by Renault Classic. They were entirely stripped and carefully rebuilt as a function of the challenge that awaits them along the 2,500km route.

Emmanuel Guigou, the 2008 French Gravel Rally Championship runner-up who is more accustomed to the Group N4 Megane R.S. than the ‘R5 Alpine’.

Alain Serpaggi, a former test driver with Alpine who has an impressive, eclectic record in motorsport.

Jean Ragnotti will drive the same car (N°19) which he steered to second place overall on the 1978 Rallye Monte-Carlo. That landmark performance for the driver and his diminutive front-wheel drive car was backed up by a podium finish for Guy Fréquelin who came third on the same event.

Technical Data:

  • Engine: four cylinders in-line, 1,397cc,
  • Transmission: front-wheel drive, five-speed gearbox + reverse
  • Brakes: discs all-round
  • Length: 3.56m / Width: 1.52m / Weight: 870kg
  • Top speed: approximately 190kph

New Opel Corsa Race Edition vs 1967-1973 Rally Kadett B Sprint

April 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

New Opel Corsa Race Edition vs 1967-1973 Rally Kadett B Sprint

Mitsubishi to shut down Ralliart

March 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ralliart the in-house tuning company responsible for handling both rally and off-road tuning for Mitsubishi has announced it will be shutting up shop. On April 1, 2010 Ralliart will close down after 27 years in business.

In an open letter to his customers, Ralliart president Masao Taguchi stated that his firm was just another victim of the economic downturn.

The company will no longer offer their technical support plan to motorsport customers and its catalogue of aftermarket tuning parts has been axed. Only production of FIA VO Ralliart items will remain, but that will now be taken care of directly by Mitsubishi. Availability of models like the Lancer Ralliart (pictured) here in NZ should remain unchanged.

“We would like to express our sincere apology to all of customers,” Taguchi said in an interview.

Ralliart was established in April, 1984, and since than it has become well known in the world of motorsport. Ralliart played a big part in the development of the Mitsubishi Evo over the years.

Rally crash compilation – no music, just cars

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

We finally found you a decent rally compilation with just the sounds of engines and bending metal. Enjoy – these are all from Finland’s windy gravel roads

Subaru Concord Pon Run featuring Ken Block

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino setting the record stage time for Concord Pond at the 2009 New England Forest Rally in their Vermont SportsCar prepared Impreza WRX STI rally car for the Rally America National Championship series

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino setting the record stage time for Concord Pond at the 2009 New England Forest Rally in their Vermont SportsCar prepared Impreza WRX STI rally car for the Rally America National Championship series

Rally Impreza vs Lamborghini – drag racing

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Will it be the explosive off-the-line acceleration of the Impreza, or the top-end speed of the Lamborghini?


John Barrowman wrecks 120,000 pound Subaru WRX

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Spend the day with John Barrowman at Sweet Lamb Rally Complex in Wales. Discover the fate of the £120,000 Group N Subaru Impreza.

Spend the day with John Barrowman at Sweet Lamb Rally Complex in Wales. Discover the fate of the £120,000 Group N Subaru Impreza.

Stillen Ford GT at Dunlop Targa Rally 2008

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Steve Millen talks about driving the Stillen Ford GT in the 08′ Dunlop Targa Rally. Located in New Zealand, this annual road rally takes place on closed public roads. Drivers race to cover the distance in the shortest period of time

Steve Millen talks about driving the Stillen Ford GT in the 08′ Dunlop Targa Rally. Located in New Zealand, this annual road rally takes place on closed public roads. Drivers race to cover the distance in the shortest period of time

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