Hybrid Rally Car Banned For Being Too Fast!

June 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

The last word springs to mind after hearing ‘hybrid’ is ‘fast’. That’s not the case with this hybrid rally-prepared Honda Insight. The car, which uses a tuned petrol-electric hybrid system to give it more power and better fuel efficiency, has been developed by the Oaktec team from Lancaster over a six-year period using the low emission Honda car as a base. It does a 100 mpg. But apparently it is too fast and make the competition unfair! So it’s been kicked out of its championship. It’s been asked to withdraw following concerns from rival competitors that it has an unfair advantage, after dominating the 2011 series with two wins and a second place from the first three rounds. The championship [...]

Infiniti Safety Car

April 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

I know! You don’t hear that everyday. But the Japanese luxury brand has decided to get involved in rallying but apparently they are not yet confident enough to actually race in it. They have prepared a special safety car based on the G37 Coupe for the Spanish rally Championship. The car began its duties on April 1 in the Rally of Villajoyosa. The partnership with Spanish federation expands on Infiniti’s involvement with the GT Championship of Spain for which the performance brand also supplies a Safety Car to work in all events. The car will be driven by Marc Blázquez, World TT Champion driving for Nissan, with Salvador Belzunces alongside as co-pilot who will be vital for assessing the state [...]

Hyundai Veloster Rally Racer

February 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Hyundai has already come up with a rally version of the recently-revealed Veloster coupe which means they are serious about involving this car with motorsport. This car has been developed in cooperation with Rhys Millen Racing and is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that puts out a colossal 500 hp sent to all four wheels. The hood, doors, quarter panels, front fascia and rear fascia are all built out of carbon/Kevlar for the sake of lightness, so this car is quite a beast. That’s why the main car will be driven by Rhyss Millen himself, only he can handle it! RMR and Hyundai are constructing a second Veloster rally car that will be a shared ride between rally [...]