The year was 1982 and FIA decided to introduce a new group to the Rally grid, Group B. Unlike its predecessors, Group B featured a new set of regulations that allowed teams and manufacturers to produce a car without boundaries. There were no limits on power, state of the art materials were allowed, and weight wasn’t an issue.
For the early rally world, Group B was considered to be quite the show. It had everything: supersonic cars, builds beyond mass production capabilities, and it had a stage presence unlike the other groups in the rally world. It drew new spectators to the sport, encouraging the continuation of Group B rally runs.
However, though its stage presence was one to remember, it became the veil that haunted the rally world as well. With more power, came more causalities. Some drivers saw the last of their days running Group B. Though Group B ended in 1986 due to the massive amount of accidents, Group B will always remain a favorite among the rally enthusiast, for better or for worst.
View the tribute film featuring the legends of Group B rallying.
:. Michael Cabuco
Film | The Rally Channel