Loud, Fast, Reckless Cross-Country Audi Race

Submitted by: MisterG 6 years ago Sports

I know the word "epic" is overused. Yet... holy F, this is epic! How did hundreds of people not die during these races?
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Male 802
I watched for over a minute and this looked like a pretty average cross country race. No wrecks, no injuries and certainly nothing remotely epic. I`m just saying, if you post a 9 minute video could you please indicate a which portion to loo at for the epicness.
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Male 3,076
watching noisy cars drive or
watching noisy cars crash hmmmmm
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Male 795
Now that you want to see carnage.
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Male 12,365
Group B clips with unedited sound, no music

Although it sounds like music to me. Too many people on Youtube replacing the proper sound with music - what the hell is that about?

The later Group B Audi Sport Quattro S1, when they turned the turbo up to 11 and got 600HP, had a glorious "roar and chirrup", like a canary riding a giant lion.

I like the blase way the manufacturers bent homologation rules to ludicrous extents. Yes, yes, we`ve made road versions of our rally cars for production, as per the rules. They have different engines, different transmissions, different suspension, different brakes, different chassis, different bodywork, different electronics, the engines aren`t even in the same place...but they have the same name and roughly the same shape, so that`s close enough, right?
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Male 2,553
Awesome. Simply awesome.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Could this have anything to do with Audi`s introduction of AWD on it`s vehicles?[/quote]

Yes. 4WD existed before and Audi had direct experience of it as they were involved in developing and making a military off-road vehicle which was of course 4WD. 4WD was considered too heavy for racing use and standard road use, but Audi engineers watched their jeep hammering around offroad and thought "it`s heavier, but it`s worth the extra weight if we refine it and put more power in the car". It won the world rally championship several times, which rather conclusively proved them right. So they put it on their road cars too.
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Male 56
Nascar ain`t got nothing on this.
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Male 3,081
"Fast, Reckless Cross-Country Audi Race"


erm... you could have just said `rally`.

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Male 12
Could this have anything to do with Audi`s introduction of AWD on it`s vehicles?
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Male 2,005
it`s got nothing on swedish folkrace and these are only the highlights of 2008
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Male 24
If you like this short watch the documentary "Too Fast to Race". It`s all about the death of Group B.
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Male 51
vorsprung durch technik
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Male 110
5 secs of awesome - 2.04 to 2.09
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Male 928
This is not a "cross country audi race" It`s called a rally and audi is not the only one that organizes or participates in them...
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Male 11,740
I would LOVE to race like that.
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Male 1,256
Near-death at 5:15. Holy poop.
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Male 12,365
[quote">This always blows my mind... I can`t believe all those people stand so close!!![/quote">

These were quite restrained. In some cases, they are on the road itself.

And yes, people died. Spectators still occasionally die today, despite the safer tracks and safer cars. For example:

News story
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Male 6
my fav is still the 405 Ari, pikes peak. Epic X5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKgeCQGu_ug
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Male 12,365
[quote]i know off-roading is hard, but this looks just like every WRC event i`ve seen.[/quote]

WRC cars are deliberately limited to about 300HP.

Group B cars were unlimited. The Quattro S1 had about 600HP.

WRC cars have the benefit of 20 extra years of development, so they`re a lot easier to drive and a lot safer.

Modern WRC tracks are safer than many Group B tracks.

WRC and Group B are similar, but they`re definitely not the same.

I`d be interested in seeing a comparison between a Group B car and a current WRC car on the same tracks, with a variety of tracks. How much would the better handling of a modern WRC car offset the greater power of a Group B car?
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Male 12,365
Ah, Group B. Powerfully, imposingly insane and a massive underestimation of engineers.

They created an unlimited class and didn`t realise what engineers could do with a blank slate. So they ended up with cars that could do 0-60 in 2.5s on dirt and gravel, on tracks that were dangerous in cars with half as much power.

Audi was apparently prepping a 1000hp Quattro for Group B when it was cancelled due to too many deaths. 1000hp in 1986, in a lightweight car on rouhh dirt tracks.

Although my personal preference for Group B is the Lancia Delta S4.
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Male 37,914
Best description in the history of IAB.

EPIC is over used.

:-|
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Male 10,440
This is how I drive in Dirt2
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Male 5,194
So... go out, stand by road, wait all day, car comes by, goes around the corner and it`s gone. Hmm. Suddenly NASCAR doesn`t seem so stupid.
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Male 737
This always blows my mind... I can`t believe all those people stand so close!!!
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Male 633
@blackcatseye. I didn`t make up this caption. (And definitely never used the word `epic`.)
Ask the caption person if he/she did.

Just wanted to show some good, old group B rally.
The kind where the organizers (FIA), didn`t expect the teams could produce so much power out of the cars as they did.
There were little restrictions on the technology.
And the Audi Quattro is one of the most beautiful machines ever made in rally. (To me that is.)
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Male 6,694
Those people sure are close.
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Male 1,378
that was fail trippy win epic
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Male 416
Notice at 1:06 how the brakelights come on when the driver is clearly nailing the throttle? Drivers did that (left foot braking) to get over the turbo lag, so the power would come on sooner.
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Female 685
MisterG, seriously, have you been living under a rock or something? Rally has been around for decades and people take responsibility for their own actions over here in Europe and the UK. Also check out the Isle of Man TT, every August Bank holiday, no guardrails, kerbs, stone walls, ditches, trees, cows, humans, you name it, with superbikes flying past at up to 200 mph. Get over it. Surprisingly few people ever get killed or hit at the side of the course, if they did it wouldn`t happen anymore. It`s called common sense. More people get hit at golf tournaments, probably.
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Male 423
This is old as sin, you don`t see many audis in rally these days
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Male 25,416
Epic was over used again
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Male 876
Maybe it`s just me, but there`s an odd beauty to this. Seeing a rally car like this perfectly drift through dirt corners out on some country road pretty cool. The skill and precision is nothing short of amazing.
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Male 304
its called rally...

pretty commom and usual in europe...

bahhh
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Male 2,579
Vroooooom!
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Male 1,511
I like the nice, soft human guardrails.
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Male 2,096
At 3:29 a chopper shadow passes overhead. Is that the speed enforcement guys?
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Male 10,339
@dispheariphob:

That was the Turbo`s waste gate/blow off valve.
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Male 4
And "Epic" remains over-used.

Also, did the transmissions shifting sound like chipmunks making love to anyone else?
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Male 1,929
Ahhh, Group B. Formula1 on gravel was always a crazy idea.
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Male 10,339
Anyone who follows WRC, sees this monthly.
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Male 1,299
Rally Racing > Other Motorsports
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Male 322
i know off-roading is hard, but this looks just like every WRC event i`ve seen. why not put some of those races on iab then?
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Male 633
Link: Loud, Fast, Reckless Cross-Country Audi Race [Rate Link] - I know the word `epic` is overused. Yet... holy F, this is epic! How did hundreds of people not die during these races?
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