Friday, 9 December 2011

DESIGN INSPIRATION: 1980s Group B Rally Cars

Lancia Beta 037 Montecarlo Team Martini
In the 1980s rally cars were really fast and dangerous. Group B was a rally series where there was hardly any limitations to the technical specifications of the cars, but the car body had to be based on an existing mass production model. I find these car designs inspiring for many reasons, one of the being the way the sponsor logos and general colorway of the car are often in perfect harmony. Car manufacturers must've also had their say on how to paint the cars to compliment the original design.

Audi A80 Quattro - not a "real" group B car though.



Series of driver & spectator deaths put a stop to Group B in 1987, but the legend of these insane car designs lives on.

Citroen BX
Peugeot 205 - great colorway & sponsor logo placement
Toyota Celica - not real Group B either but insane photo
Peugeot 405 Pikes Peak
Audi Quattro S1
Lancia Beta West
Lancia S4 - one of the best looking cars ever
Toyota Celica GT Four
Lancia Beta 037 Martini
Photos from various Tumblrs & GroupBRally.com

44 comments:

  1. Looks like watching these rallies during the 1980's was fun. Those race cars really look very vintage.

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  4. These rallies are awesome! The downhill part is good. Tons of skilled driver are competing just to enter this kind of event.

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  5. Such glorious pictures u got there buddy. Rallies back in the days are awesome! This event is one of the best racing sport in the world.

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  6. That car really looks like my remote control one! I really love it. Rallies back in the days are really awesome!

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  7. It sure is nice to see car rally photos from way back in the 80s. This particular race looks really intense.

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