Group B rally racing was too dangerous to live on

When someone mentions Group B, enthusiasts’ minds immediately recall thoughts of monstrous racers with insane amounts of horsepower, wild body kits, and incredible danger. Danger. That’s the one reason why Group B was not long for this world.

dedicated a whole episode to the history of Group B rally racing, tracing its rise, and quick fall from popularity. The group, started in 1984, became so popular because regulations were nearly inexistent, unlike Group A. The cars needed to have two seats, could not have an open roof, and a minimum weight calculated by engine and tire displacement. Everything else was fair game.

Naturally, Group B became a hotbed for manufacturers to explore engineering and concoct the best setup to win races, which took place on snow, gravel, and asphalt. Automakers were boosting engines past 500 horsepower in the mid-1980s and fitting cutting edge aerodynamics and suspensions in the name of claiming victory. These racers birthed some of the most iconic vehicles to this day since homologation requirements meant 200 cars were needed for production. Think the Lancia Delta, Audi Sport Quattro S1 Ford RS200, and so many more.

But, for all the incredible engineering and amazing cars, Group B was a treacherous league. It’s this factor that would lead to its demise. In 1986, an accident in Portugal made many begin considering Group B’s future. A driver attempted to avoid a group of spectators, but in the process, caused himself to skid into the crowd. The crash left 31 injured and three dead, and top teams immediately pulled out from the group.

Read also:
2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets 6:56.4 Nürburgring lap time

Then, promising Group B stars Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto blew past an unguarded corner just four miles into the Tour de Corsa. The Lancia racer careened down a hillside and exploded. Both men died in the wreck. And like that, Group B was over. The FIA banned all Group B cars in 1987, and closed the chapter of an incredible, yet dangerous, era of motorsports.

Check Also

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ spy shots and video

Lamborghini has once again been caught testing a more hardcore version of its Aventador. And thanks to a photo of the car's digital instrument cluster (shown below), taken by the folks at Salento V12, we know the car will be called the Aventador SVJ, an abbreviation for Super Veloce Jota. Lamborghini diehards will recognize the name from the Miura SVJ of...

2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet coming with 5.2-liter supercharged V-8

It was 50 years ago that Ford dealer and racer Bob Tasca came out with the original Mustang Cobra Jet. Now Ford is preparing to unveil a 50th anniversary special based on the sixth-generation Mustang. Ford on Wednesday released a teaser for the new 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet and confirmed the dedicated drag racer will come with a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8...