• Jan 4, 2011
Group B monsters in action – Click above to watch video after the jump

Though it only existed for four short years, Group B racing has continued to captivate fans of all ages. From 1982 through 1986, motorsports enthusiasts around the world gathered en masse to watch Lancia, Audi, Renault and Peugeot battle for supremacy. Ferrari and Porsche even got in on the action with the legendary 288 GTO and 959, respectively. The cars were lightweight, powerful and sounded like they built in Hell by the Devil himself. In other words, the cars were a sight to behold and a treat to the ears. They were also incredibly dangerous.

Large groups of people stood on the edge of the road as the beasts rumbled by at triple-digit speeds. Accidents happened and there were a number of fatal incidents for both drivers and viewers alike. In 1986, the FIA banned Group B cars, but the legendary vehicles are still held in high regard. If you need a refresher, roar past the jump to watch the Group B monsters in action.

Once you've watched the clip, sound off in the comments and let us know what you think would be the most terrifying vehicle to try and pilot. Group B cars are near the top of the list but we're sure you can think of some others... Top Fuel Dragsters, board-track racers, land-speed record streamliners...

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lancia Delta S4
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yup - America can keep its lazy V8s and sloppy "muscle" cars - this is where it was at!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      when car were droven by MEN as F1 had 1200 HP engines ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems like once a year Autoblog posts a video of passion for Group B. I love these cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful footage. I usually prefer the engine sounds, but the music was well matched.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice footage, but I'd rather less of the slow music and more exhaust sounds. Oh, and showing it all in slow motion really takes some of the excitement out of it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about a 1967 Formula One car a la GPL? High power, hard tires, no downforce = excitement!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Group B was amazing because the power was well beyond the capabilities of chassis, brakes and tires, especially by today's standards, and passive safety way lower. As such it was a tightrope act by the drivers, always on the edge but not quite falling. When they did, like the young and talented Henri Toivonen (then champinship leader), they had a very good chance of getting killed, as was his case.

      Such a dance with death is highly unlikely these days, and although I believe that's a good thing, it has obviously taken the edge from these competitions. Same goes for F1 in the 60's-70's and today and even motoGP.

      My candidate for most daring driving in motorsports at the highest level (and not just EvelKnieving) are GP racers of the late 30's: Humongous power (600hp+), no seat belts, drum brakes, skinny non-radial tyres and very fast tracks with no chicanes (very fast straights) very little protection if anything went wrong. Nuvolari, Ascari, Caracciola, Rosemeyer, Campbell, Ferrari (yes, The Ferrari)...Those were real heroes, or madmen...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Group B was great for it's time, but remember these guys were running against the clock one at a time. Go to Baja and watch at least 40 vehicles (out of 400) capable of winning overall, running flat out for 18 hours. The 900hpTrophy Trucks are the most awesome race cars ever built. Peter Brock
        • 4 Years Ago
        3 tons trucks with a suspention softer than suzuki alto?

        there is twice the amount the tubing nessesary, way to much
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, if you've never gone to Baja I can see that you'd be naturally shocked. Trophy Truck chassis are hardley overbuilt. They need that strength to survive jumps at 100+ mph that exceed 6' in hight and 100' in distance when landing on roads that would destroy a Group B racer in less than a 1/4 mile. The unsprung weight is horrendous at 130 lbs per corner but the suspension travel exceeds 30". You can imagine the amount of shock fluid this dispaces in milliseconds. The technical challenge is mind boggling....and these guys race day and night for 1000 miles. There's nothing like it...even the Dakar. Peter Brock
      • 4 Years Ago
      Group B is for Men
      WRC is for boys
      Everything else, including F1 if and when they switch to the 4 banger turbos, is for namby pamby p***ies!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari wanted to enter Group B with the GTO Evoluzione, not with the 288 GTO. Those are two different cars. The GTO Evoluzione is, in fact, the evolution of the 288 GTO. After the Group B was banned by FIA, the GTO Evoluzione was used as a test mule for the upcoming Ferrari F40.
        • 4 Years Ago
        100% correct and in my opinion probably one of the the best looking Ferrari ever made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I prefer this one a lot more:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozntieZs8Bg
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