Bloody Heroes: Michèle Mouton

Our Bloody heroes editorials celebrate the icons in motorsport who have, against the odds, risked their lives to display their immense skill, bravery and ( possibly) insanity behind a steering wheel.   Introduction You may have heard the saying “WRC is for boys, Group B was for men.”. At The Mechanists, we beg to differ.…

A Little Insane: The Renault 5 Turbo

As the 70s came to a close, the Lancia had been absolutely CRUSHING it on the world rally stage for the better part of a decade, and this was starting to upset the French, Renault being no exception. Lancia had stolen the WRC crown from Renault’s Alpine A110 in 1974 with the introduction of the…

The Dark Horse of the Audi 80 Range

The Porsche-assembled Audi RS2 is to many the ultimate evolution of the Audi 80, and with good reason. However, its popularity means that the more obscure, and therefore more affordable, yet still fantastic Audi S2 is often overlooked in the search for a classic fast Audi. Released 1991, the S2 featured a longitudinally-mounted turbocharged inline-five…

The reign of the “Killer B’s”

Ah the good old days… When rally cars were actual cars modified to compete in different championships rather than being manufacturer prototypes developed as a technological window for the world to witness. I am not saying that current rally cars are not impressive or interesting, but they surely lost the appeal that made them so…

“The Spy Who Loved Me” Spirit

The project began in the early 70s when Colin Chapman started to work with Giugiaro to work on a new sports car based on his Maserati Boomerang concept. After some initial work and scale prototypes, Chapman was not satisfied and put the project on hold until a second more successful try based on a modified…

A kid from the 90’s

Born as a result of the Group A homologation for the World Rally Championship, the Escort RS Cosworth really marked Ford’s history and the WRC. Based on the 5th generation of the Escort, the RS first 2500 units (before Jan 1993) were built specifically for the FIA’s requirements and recognised as homologation special versions.    …

Monday Money!

Another Monday Money, and another 4WD Turbo 90’s car… but this time from Germany… Based on the subjectively tasteful Audi 80 Avant, the RS2 is the very first RS badged car, and first sports Avant released by Audi. It was designed and assembled in partnership with Porsche between 1994 and 1995 at their Rossle-Bau factory…