• Nov 3rd 2009 at 2:20PM
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0-60 Magazine/Sparco Scion xD Rally car - Click above for high-res image gallery

Screw convention! Why do you have to build a rally car out of something sporty? Or powerful? Or off-road-worthy? According to 0-60 magazine at least, you don't have to. You can build a rally car out of just about anything. Take this Scion xD for instance. It's probably among the last cars you'd picture taking off-road, but seeing what it looks like after 0-60 and Sparco got their mitts on it, you might want to reconsider. They added a ton of safety gear, enough lights to rival the nearby Luxor's candlepower, and basically just butched it up enough to make it look less like... well, an econobox. It should be a blast to drive. Maybe we'll try to find ourselves an Irish copilot and take it out for a spin.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice....no turbo it and it will fly
      • 5 Years Ago
      That does look pretty cool. I like the concept and the idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Way too tall and narrow, with wheels that are too small. I would not want to drive that on a rally stage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Why do you have to build a rally car out of something sporty? Or powerful? Or off-road-worthy?"

      Apart from the Evo and STI aren't most of the platforms that rally cars are based on, the exact opposite of all of those things?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They forgot the wide body that all rally car deserve. And also i think Colin McRae: DiRT game should have a update for this car cuz its AWESOME.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They forgot the fender flares. If you take any small car, say the Chevy Aveo hatch, add muscular fender flares, lower it a bit, add gravel wheels+tires, add mega lights and a roof scoop, then (but only then) do you have a proper rally car. =)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Adding 200lbs of lights/cage/etc and the only upgrade to hp is an exhaust? Actually, no, I don't think that that would be much fun to drive...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ travisty:
        By the time you subtract the weight of the stock seats, carpeting, soundproofing, inertia-reel belts and unnecessary bits of interior trim, the addition of the racing seats, roll cage and other safety equipment to a rally car makes any difference in weight pretty much a wash.

        As for not much fun to drive, I maintain that it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow. Though I haven’t competed in a rally-race for a number of years, the most fun I’ve had in a rally car was in an old Datsun 510 with stock drivetrain and the very capable “Safari” suspension kit that Nissan Motorsport used to sell. Knowing that you only had 96hp to keep you moving along meant you had to be very precise through every corner so as not to lose precious momentum. I also spent less time in the trees than guys with similar skills behind the wheel of their mega-hp mega-$$ rally cars.
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