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Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased

Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming Polo GTI R5, a rally version of the latest Polo GTI hot hatch. Making around 270hp (201kW), the Polo GTI R5 will become available to professional teams and drivers from the second half of 2018 to compete in various global motorsport series, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...

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Toyota Yaris GRMN successor to be mass-production model
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Toyota Yaris GRMN successor to be mass-production model

Toyota and Gazoo Racing are already planning a successor to the Yaris GRMN hot hatch, which will be a mass-production model and serve as a homologation base for the next WRC rally car. Speaking with the UK's AutoExpress, Shigeki Tomoyama, senior manager for Gazoo Racing, said: "We know our current situation and we believe that we need to change the platform for the rally car to be even more competitive"...


Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome
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Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome

We may give the Poms a fair bit of grief - depending on the time of year and what particular sporting event might currently be going on - but, jeez, you've got to give them credit when it's due. And this WRC-inspired Ford Transit Custom is one of those occasions...


Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car

Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car

A Yaris? A Toyota Yaris? Why would you rally a Toyota Yaris? That's probably what you're thinking. Ask the team at Neal Bates Motorsport, though, and the humble little Japanese runabout is the future of rallying in Australia. Whether you follow the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) or not, the facts are, this year’s title race is a close one...

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2017 Rally Australia: Coffs Harbour readying for WRC return
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2017 Rally Australia: Coffs Harbour readying for WRC return

Rally Australia is back for another year, with the picturesque Coffs Coast in Northern New South Wales again set to welcome the world's best rally drivers for the final round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC). Comprising a total of 318 competitive kilometres spread across 21 stages, Rally Australia kicks off in November, transforming Coffs Harbour from resort town to rally-fan central...


Sebastien Ogier trades WRC for F1 and drives Vettel’s old Red Bull RB7
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Sebastien Ogier trades WRC for F1 and drives Vettel’s old Red Bull RB7

Even World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers want to be Formula One drivers. And proving it, four-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier has scored his dream drive in a V8-powered Red Bull Racing F1 car. Getting to drive Sebastian Vettel’s old 2011 championship-winning Red Bull Racing RB7 Formula 1 car around Austria’s 4...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on ice
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on ice

Read the full article here Mitsubishi's Outlander plug-in has a clever twin-motor AWD system that gives you much more dynamism than you might think. In the right hands, it can even pull off controlled drifts!  ...


Are Mitsubishi's performance days done?
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Are Mitsubishi's performance days done?

Q: I’m a Lancer Evo fan, and it kills me that Mitsubishi isn’t doing performance cars anymore. I remember talk of the company considering performance PHEVs. Is this true? Full disclosure: This above question was constructed by yours truly, but has been derived from countless similar ones thrown in my direction, some motivated by this story...


Helicopter versus Rally car: MD 520N v Hyundai i20 WRC
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Helicopter versus Rally car: MD 520N v Hyundai i20 WRC

Read the full article here. With WRC Rally Australia done and dusted for another year, most of the teams are packed up and headed home, except for the team from Hyundai Motorsport, who have got one thing left to do: a race...


Helicopter versus Rally car: The McDonnell Douglas 520N takes on Hyundai's i20 WRC

Helicopter versus Rally car: The McDonnell Douglas 520N takes on Hyundai's i20 WRC

Life is funny. And sometimes certain opportunities simply appear, almost of their own doing. Well, the following was one of those unique opportunities… It’s the day after the conclusion of Rally Australia 2016, and, while most of the teams have packed up and are headed home, the team from Hyundai Motorsport remain...


2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car
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2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car

Hyundai Motorsport has lifted the covers on its 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger at a media event at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, ahead of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC) season opener in Monte-Carlo...


WRC Rally Australia 2016: Photo gallery special

WRC Rally Australia 2016: Photo gallery special

So that's it. The 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) is over, with the recent Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour the culmination of a 13-round season that kicked off with Rallye Monte-Carlo in January...


2016 Hyundai i20 WRC review: Riding shotgun with Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon

2016 Hyundai i20 WRC review: Riding shotgun with Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon

Dave does his best to 'review' the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC car of New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon, while harnessed into the passenger seat...


2016 Hyundai i20 WRC review: Riding shotgun with Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon
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2016 Hyundai i20 WRC review: Riding shotgun with Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon

Read the full article here. Getting the opportunity to interview a rally driver is a pretty cool thing. Doing it in a rally car while on a rally stage, well things could get interesting... Our own David Zalstein jumps in the passenger seat alongside Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon for a chat at 200km/h.    ...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for November 25, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for November 25, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Hyundai Australia keen on motorsport, but Supercars "just not for us"
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Hyundai Australia keen on motorsport, but Supercars "just not for us"

With a brand-new N performance range due to launch globally in the coming months, Hyundai Australia says it's keen for some local motorsport involvement, but not in the Gen2 Supercar series. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this weekend's 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Australia event in Coffs Harbour, Hyundai Australia public relations manager Guido Schenken said while rally is an important sport for the brand, the next chapter of what was known as the V8 Supercar series, isn’t...


Five reasons you must go to Rally Australia this year
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Five reasons you must go to Rally Australia this year

Kicking off next week, WRC Rally Australia 2016 is one of the most anticipated motorsport events of the calendar year. And if you've never been, here are five good reasons to go...


A $300,000 Peugeot 205?
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A $300,000 Peugeot 205?

Could this car be the most expensive production Peugeot ever? With a sticker price of £175,000 (AUD$300,000), this 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 presents a compelling case. One of just 200 homologation specials built in order for the French carmaker to compete in the World Rally Championship, the transverse mid-mounted 1...


Subaru BRZ never going to get local division rich, but important for attracting customers
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Subaru BRZ never going to get local division rich, but important for attracting customers

Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior has told CarAdvice that while the Subaru BRZ is never going to be a volume-seller for the brand locally, the rear-wheel-drive sports car still aligns with the manufacturer's philosophy and, in fact, plays an important role in attracting non-core customers to the predominantly all-wheel-drive marque...


2017 Citroen C3 WRC road special in the works - report
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2017 Citroen C3 WRC road special in the works - report

Yesterday the third-generation Citroen C3 was unveiled, and it has now appears as though Citroen is working on a road-going version of the 2017 C3-based WRC entrant. Xavier Peugeot, product director at Citroen, hinted to Autocar that the French brand is working on a street-legal derivative based on next year's World Rally Championship (WRC) competitor...