• Dec 9th 2006 at 12:45AM
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...and I mean that in the best, best way.

It's short and sweet, but you get the point. The front-mounted camera perspective demonstrates the utterly ridiculous power of the Audi S1 and the equally ludicrous behavior of the spectators. Röhrl is a surgeon behind the wheel. It's unbelievable, and no, we are not worthy.

Trust me, I'll find more to post over the weekend.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      i used that segment of that video to learn how to left foot brake! invaluable when rallying a fwd car.

      european spectators here in ontario can be equally crazy. i remember cresting a yump once and there was a photog standing right where the car was going to land. it's a good thing he ran quick, cause i wouldn't have been able to avoid him. i've always wondered if he got the shot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's a clip from "Too fast to Race" It's a documentary about Group B Rally. Lots more great footage like that. Highly recommended.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Simply Amazing. This is the ultimate driving to me. I'd rather be in a car like that than in a F1, as a passenger. I am pretty sure the sensations are better with such drivers.

      But as some said, this is totally crazy and useless. Human fences, that's pretty dumb. It's not the case anymore in Europe. You can see a bit of it still, but nothing compares to what is seen in the video.

      Here is a good one: Paris Dakar in the 80's in a Renault 20.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those people watching the race are just crazy standing on the sidelines, all they need is a little shove and they will end up in front of the car that's going super fast on a unpredictable dirt road. But I do agree Walter Röhrl is a machine.

      DPC cars
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you like that, you have to watch Climb Dance - truly amazing stuff.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The Man was DANCING!! Look at his feet move, just freaking awesome!!!
      Sadly, much like F1, people did die before they finally pulled the plug on this awesome madness.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The good old days of Group B rally.

      You can see him left-foot braking in turns to keep the turbo spoiled and diminish lag, I think that technique was actually invented or widespread by him.

      Rohrl is an awesome driver. Niki Lauda called him "genius on wheels". He not only won 2 world rally titles with, but he´s also very good in road racing. There´s a story he was driving in the 24h of Nurburgring, there was so much rain and fog that everyone was slapping way off the normal pace, but Rohrl barely slowed down: he couldn´t see much but, he drove by timing.

      Living legend.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not too familiar with rallying, can someone explain to me what the guy in the passenger seat is doing? Is he reading off turns that are coming up?
      • 8 Years Ago
      He was quite a trans-am racer in the 80's as well. I remember in Detroit in '88 when he would pass on the outside of corners in his Audi 100.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amazing. Those spectators have an awful lot of faith in the drivers. I bet they stand back just a little for the rookies... No wonder rally isn't more popular here in the US - the damn lawyers would kill all the fun and not let anybody near enough to get dusted by the cars flying by.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's the co-pilot. He reads what turns are coming up, because the pilot doesn't know the track by heart. Often these rally pilots are just solely relying on the co-pilots' notes...

      These cars are from the infamous group B rally cars in the eighties. No power restrictions whatsoever. Utter madness.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Watching the several rally videos that are near the front of autoblog right now, it's clear to me just how amazingly fast that Audi was. Absolutely incredible to watch it scream through sections that Renaults were just racing through. I had to watch the spectators backfilling the road to be sure it wasn't somehow being played at fast-forward speed when the car sped through. Amazing, and without the 20 years of development since then. SPEEDTV, PLEASE bring back rally coverage!
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