I've seen plenty of rally action, from my couch, from the pits, from sweep vehicles and from behind the wheel. I've built and raced two different rally cars for myself and three other cars for other people. Occasionally I still get requests to do some side work on various rally cars. (twice this week)
The WRC level of cometition is certainly fast, topping out around 120mph occasionally. Here in the US, in my whimpy Group2 (under 2400cc n/a 2wd) I've seen close to 100+mph, but usually more like 75-80mph top speed at a given race. Speed is still fun, but so is enjoying the scenery. When you race, you hardly have time to notice more then the road itself and occasional tree or big rock. My Celica suspension, although similar to the rally cars, is sprung softer for comfort and articulating over obstacles along the trails. I'm actually crewing at a rally in two weekends, Blythe, CA.
This is more of my rally side of the Celica's inspiration (Group B era)
Last edited by Jrally; 03-03-2010 at 04:08 PM.
Some of my build pics on how I got to this point... (sort of picture overload)
Sweeeeeet! I cant wait to see the build continue. People don't always realize how much work goes into a rally car. Its like building a fully tricked out expo rig but that still looks like a normal(sort of) car. Very impressive work. I think when my '93 Honda Civic Si Hatchback hits 300K, I may have to build it into a rally car. I just love the whole concept of Rally. It has been and always will be my favorite type of motor sport racing.
Thanks for the compliment. It may get turned into a rally car someday, but for now it's going to be my desert expedition vehicle. The plan is to seal it up, to keep the dust out, put some carpet back in the back to keep it quieter and add the tools and storage for 2-3 day adventures through the SW...
That is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I had a similar set-up with an 89 VW Fox and in reality, besides the really big rocks and stuff that was just too big for it to crawl over...it did better then alot of 4wd's out on the trail. I'm LOVING your set-up mate, it's so cool to see someone build of of an unexpected platform. Can't wait to see more of this rig.
David B King: EMT-I / WMI - Wilderness EMT, FF1
Neck Healing...let the FUN BEGIN AGAIN!!!!
-89 Toyota 4Runner dubbed "Project 4Rescue"
Stock 22RE, 5spd, 33x10.50 BFG At's, Marlin rear Bumper, OME Dakar / BJ Spacer lift + OME Shocks all around (and the SS),4.88's coming soon...
2002 Norco 4x4 Romic T2 Marzo 55 -Soon to be replaced by a Trans. Bottlerocket or maybe a Spec. SX trail....
I'm planning on another test day out this coming weekend. During the week, I've got to replace both master cylinders though, after the last test, they both are leaking one internally, one on the floor, inside the car. If I have time I'm planning on getting a start on my roof rack as well, this week. So, expect a few new photos to be coming soon.
Master cylinders are both swapped and bled. Changing the clutch wasn't too fun, glad there wasn't a front cage section, otherwise my neighbors would have thought I was having a drunk sailor fight in my garage from all the cussing...