Five more mon­strous ral­ly­cross ma­chines

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Will Gol­lop’s bi-turbo Metro 6R4 As has been well doc­u­mented within the pages of MN, English­man Will Gol­lop was the last home­lands driver to win the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship (in 1992). He did so in a Metro 6R4, not too dis­sim­i­lar to that of Ek­lund, only the English driver’s ver­sion had not one but two tur­bocharg­ers bolted to its 2.3-litre en­gine, pro­duc­ing in ex­cess of 800bhp. This par­tic­u­lar car reap­peared for the first time in many years ear­lier this sea­son at the Bri­tish World RX round at Ly­d­den Hill and wowed the crowds. Arild Martin­sen’s BMW M3 Nor­we­gian Arild Martin­sen’s BMW M3 was widely ru­moured to house in ex­cess of 1000bhp at times, and was a match for the very best of the Group B cars of the era. De­spite ap­pear­ing unas­sum­ing and not dis­sim­i­lar to more stan­dard ma­chines, Martin­sen’s car utilised an Xtrac trans­mis­sion but no other niceties. Ba­sic two-way ad­justable sus­pen­sion and a crude on-off en­gine man­age­ment sys­tem meant cir­cuits like Brands Hatch, with long straights and plen­ti­ful run-off ar­eas, were its friend. Jean-luc Pailler’s Citroen Xan­tia French­man Jean-luc Pailler has com­peted in a wide range of cars in his ral­ly­cross ca­reer, but only ever those that orig­i­nated from France, both Citroens and Peu­geots. In 1993 he won the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship and switched his ti­tle-win­ning Citroen BX to his most ridicu­lous car of all, the vast Citroen Xan­tia, be­cause that’s all Citroen could of­fer at the time. The Xan­tia was from the last batch of post-group B cars that were con­ceived and built with­out en­gine in­let re­stric­tors, the ma­chines of­ten push­ing out over 850bhp through slick ral­ly­cross tyres.

Per Ek­lund’s bi-turbo Subaru Im­preza Fol­low­ing his time with the Metro, Ek­lund switched to Subaru in the post-group B era, first with a Legacy and later an Im­preza. How­ever, en­gine un­re­li­a­bil­ity is com­mon­place with high-pow­ered Subarus, which was an is­sue. To­gether with Bri­tish firm Pro­drive, Ek­lund elected to swap an in­ef­fec­tive large sin­gle tur­bocharger for a two smaller units to try and re­solve the is­sue. It did to an ex­tent, but with en­gine changes more fre­quent than the events at which he com­peted, it wasn’t a re­sound­ing suc­cess. How­ever, the car was un­ques­tion­able the best Subaru ever built for ral­ly­cross.

Jan Arthur Iversen’s Su­per­charged Turbo Ford RS200 How do you make an al­ready mad Ford RS200 even cra­zier? Fit a su­per­charger onto the al­ready tur­bocharged en­gine, ob­vi­ously! In a pro­ject that could only be dreamt up by a Nor­we­gian, who al­ready found the car rather dif­fi­cult to con­trol, the ‘im­prove­ments’ made keep­ing it on the straight and even wide ral­ly­cross cir­cuits more than a chal­lenge. The con­cept hadn’t re­ally worked with the Lan­cia Delta so why it would work on the Ford was ques­tion­able, but it did make for a mon­ster of a car.

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