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Watch: Here s a quick history on WRC s legendary Group B
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Rally Racing s unlimited class cost many their lives but ruled the racing roost

December 7, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a class in the World Rally Championship that allowed automakers to use loosely homologated cars, with no restrictions on materials, power or layout. That might be hard to imagine if you cracked an FIA WRC rule book today, which has specifications for nearly every aspect of every race car in every class. However, that sweet time in racing history started in 1982, when the FIA released the Group B class on rally circuits across the world.

As Donut Media explains, automakers were slow to explore the lack of restrictions during the first year of Group B, but over time, every automaker involved was producing incredible race cars that pushed the boundaries of materials, technology and design.

Once upon a time, there was a class in the World Rally Championship that allowed automakers to use loosely homologated cars, with no restrictions on materials, power or layout. That might be hard to imagine if you cracked an FIA WRC rule book today, which has specifications for nearly every aspect of every race car in every class. However, that sweet time in racing history started in 1982, when the FIA released the Group B class on rally circuits across the world.

As Donut Media explains, automakers were slow to explore the lack of restrictions during the first year of Group B, but over time, every automaker involved was producing incredible race cars that pushed the boundaries of materials, technology and design.

Naturally, with anything that runs under the anything-goes banner of racing, it has to stop sooner or later. The class died in 1987 after a series of fatalities pushed the FIA to make a decision. The cars were, as some racers said, “too fast for brains to react.”

Group B didn’t live a long life, but in the few short years that it sat atop the WRC’s class structure, it featured some of the coolest cars ever to rally -- Ford’s RS200, Peugeot's 205 Turbo 16 and Audi’s Quattro.

Want to see some of these cars in action? Check out the video above.

Naturally, with anything that runs under the anything-goes banner of racing, it has to stop sooner or later. The class died in 1987 after a series of fatalities pushed the FIA to make a decision. The cars were, as some racers said, “too fast for brains to react.”

Group B didn’t live a long life, but in the few short years that it sat atop the WRC’s class structure, it featured some of the coolest cars ever to rally -- Ford’s RS200, Peugeot's 205 Turbo 16 and Audi’s Quattro.

Want to see some of these cars in action? Check out the video above.

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