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Group B: When Rallying Got TOO FAST

The Audi Quattro, Lancia 037 and the Peugeot 205 T16 - some of the most iconic names in rallying. Cars that pushed the limits of what was possible in a way that we haven’t seen since. It was called Group B and is still held as the Golden Era of Rallying.
Group B was a class where manufacturers were allowed to go all out, with almost unlimited power, crazy aerodynamics and new exotic materials. It brought about new technologies like 4WD, Semi-Automatic Gearboxes and clever turbocharging systems.
However, it was only for the bravest of drivers. The hugely powerful cars needed a lot of manhandling to thread them through the tight-twisty stages, away from huge drops and dodging a sea of spectators.
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Rallying went wild in the 80s. The FIA wanted to attract more manufacturers and so created a class that would give the designers pretty much free reign, no power limits, no regulations on boost, and whatever exotic materials you liked.
Rally cars over the years have been largely based on road cars, with rules tightening and loosening on how close the relationship has to be, between the stock car, and the ones that actually race the stage.
For example, in the Group A class - the manufacturers have to produce 5000 road-going versions of the car before it is allowed to compete. In Group B, to lower costs and interest manufacturers, they ruled that only 200 needed to be produced. Group B also allowed almost endless modifications to be made - meaning the race cars were nothing like the road cars at all.
This approach really worked, attracting many manufacturers to Group B - names like Lancia, Porsche, Peugeot, Audi, Toyota, Ford - as well as so many more.
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  1. Driver61


    Uukausi sitten

    Is this the greatest era of racing? These drivers are a different breed! Subscribe for more incredible motorsport!

    • JayJay Golden

      JayJay Golden

      2 päivää sitten

      Manufacturers: There's very little rules so we're going to put all our money on speed and none on safety and handling Drivers: Crash burn and die Manufacturers: Well this is just dangerous and bad marketing, we're pulling out!

    • B Enis

      B Enis

      26 päivää sitten


    • Roberth Salazar wolf

      Roberth Salazar wolf

      28 päivää sitten

      Oohh yes!

    • Crazy Fox

      Crazy Fox

      Uukausi sitten

      @57thorns Grown men choosing to race. No one put a gun to their head and forced them to race. More likely the organisers didnt want to spend the money enforcing crowd safety. So you want to ban the Isle of Mann TT racing based on your logic ?

    • 57thorns


      Uukausi sitten

      @JoBBuS Markku Alen, Juha Kankkunen, Timo Salonen, Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen and Henri Toivonen The first five are alive today, at least according to a quick googling. Henri Toivonen died in the crash shown at 9:46. No guard rails, an unprotected aluminium fuel tank (the skid plate was only used on gravel roads) and driving while sick killed him (and his codriver). There were just so many things wrong with class B, not only the spectators and the zero margin for error, but also the practically complete lack of safety features in both cars and by the roads.

  2. Calvin L Deakins

    Calvin L Deakins

    20 tuntia sitten

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  3. Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    Päivä sitten

    All Group B cars were amazing! Metro 205 Delta Quattro Manta. RS stuff!!

  4. Nautdead


    Päivä sitten

    Other motorsports spectators sit in the stands where it's safe Rally spectators: I think I'll stand right in the middle of the road

  5. darkySp


    Päivä sitten

    9:07 Am i seeing it right ? His co-driver is completely knocked out (hopefully not dead) and the driver kept going ?

  6. Dan Simmons

    Dan Simmons

    Päivä sitten

    Renault R5 turbo was a rendition of the 205.

  7. Dan Simmons

    Dan Simmons

    Päivä sitten

    Great production and precisely articulated . thank you!

  8. Naya Jack

    Naya Jack

    Päivä sitten

    The lamentable impulse ultrastructurally dare because ex-husband histomorphometrically double among a loose van. gorgeous, secretive alphabet

  9. Shawn YRS

    Shawn YRS

    Päivä sitten

    the sound of tht Audi Quattro tho

  10. Naya Jack

    Naya Jack

    2 päivää sitten

    The direful finger problematically level because company impressively flash over a delirious liquid. pushy, endurable toilet

  11. Ju ha

    Ju ha

    2 päivää sitten

    Note: The semi-auto "PDK" gear box in the S1E2 was only used temporarily: 1985 Semperit Rally and RAC rally.

  12. Grumpy


    4 päivää sitten

    group b very fast even in dr 2.0 xd :D i drove r5 fabia and had time like 3:01 and then drive peugeot 306 maxi and got 2:49 on same stage xd :D

  13. 22fret


    4 päivää sitten

    Ford Escort was not part of Group B...

  14. Alex Vmen

    Alex Vmen

    6 päivää sitten

    best era of rally sport

  15. Mad Max

    Mad Max

    6 päivää sitten

    annoying voice, sorry mate

  16. Real Talker 101

    Real Talker 101

    6 päivää sitten

    I just don't understand why though....why was 000 road going versions ok over 4000 or 6000????

  17. Davidian 77

    Davidian 77

    6 päivää sitten

    Did the Samaritans call everyone who was suicidal and tell them that watching rally cars would cheer them up?

  18. BenRen KyloSolo

    BenRen KyloSolo

    6 päivää sitten

    That wreckage looks like the remains of some sort of kit car a amurture built in his shed whilst getting stoned over the course of a few years on and off.

  19. Dick McCarthy

    Dick McCarthy

    7 päivää sitten

    Never figured out the stupidness of spectators. They really don't care of their own safety OR driver's or anyones..

  20. NorthernZeus


    7 päivää sitten

    And then there’s F1. No crowds. So many rules you can’t even look sternly at another driver without being sued or penalized. This is the tale of 2 Europe’s... Rally - exciting, edge of your seat greatness. F1- boring, beta male, dirty money driven. Corporate socialism.

  21. B. Gone

    B. Gone

    7 päivää sitten

    '...still held as the greatest era...' - the term is 'HAILED' not 'held'! Come on - you're English - a native of the country which spawned the language. FYI: This is an Australian correcting you - you know, the nation created by England expelling it's riff-raff to the far reaches of the globe.

  22. Taska Nawa

    Taska Nawa

    7 päivää sitten

    yolo days

  23. Worm Execute

    Worm Execute

    7 päivää sitten

    Let people do what they want.

  24. Jacob Del Bene

    Jacob Del Bene

    7 päivää sitten

    A time when the world wasn’t so damn soft

  25. Ryan Urquhart

    Ryan Urquhart

    8 päivää sitten

    The Germans and there Turbo’ systems

  26. Malick 2014

    Malick 2014

    8 päivää sitten

    Too fast and too dangerous.

  27. Driver 61

    Driver 61

    8 päivää sitten

    These guys are crazy!

  28. Steven Tapper

    Steven Tapper

    8 päivää sitten

    3:40 rip the guys camera on the left.

  29. 部首


    9 päivää sitten

    so nice peugeot 205

  30. Unidentified User

    Unidentified User

    9 päivää sitten

    Killer B DRIVER 👍👏👏👏 & Then there's Ken block D-Bag's wana B'S🤮🤮🤮

  31. menzi mabuza

    menzi mabuza

    10 päivää sitten

    🙆‍♀️🙆‍♀️Jesus on a bicycle..that Lancia Delta engineering

  32. Christon Garin

    Christon Garin

    10 päivää sitten

    why the f are people standing too close??

  33. Neil Barker

    Neil Barker

    11 päivää sitten

    And the secret automatic spectator deflector was the actual key to victory.

  34. Kyle Gray

    Kyle Gray

    11 päivää sitten

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  35. Adrian Gutierrez

    Adrian Gutierrez

    12 päivää sitten

    min 7:12 left side of screen... 2020 time travellers watching group B xD

  36. Punished Candy

    Punished Candy

    12 päivää sitten

    3 dead spectators, 30 injured: "Not great, but not terrible." 2 dead racers: "SHUT IT DOWN!!!"

    • Punished Candy

      Punished Candy

      3 päivää sitten

      @Edim I agree with everything you said. My comment was all for levity. I ment no disrespect to anyone who was injured or killed, idiots or not.

    • Edim


      4 päivää sitten

      The difference is no one told these people to get this close, but the drivers were on paid contracts and had to drive these horribly shoddy machines or loose their job. Spectators died because they were dumb. Drivers died bc the manufacturers were dumb. That's a big difference.

  37. Scott L.

    Scott L.

    12 päivää sitten

    Turbocharging a supercharged engine? What kind of godless witchcraft is this? I think I'll top this by making my Ford run on petrol AND Diesel fuel...

  38. Kongebil J

    Kongebil J

    13 päivää sitten

    Audi drivers was doing left foot breaking to.

  39. Chris Fleming

    Chris Fleming

    13 päivää sitten

    In the 80’s there was no health and safety. Great fun times way better than today that’s for sure. Life is about facing dangers deal with it.

  40. Roderick Jones

    Roderick Jones

    13 päivää sitten

    Good video...I didn't want it to end!

  41. Sludge


    13 päivää sitten

    I think the first quattros were 4wd. Subsequent quattros were awd. If I am wrong, be gentle. 🤪

  42. Justin Dougherty

    Justin Dougherty

    13 päivää sitten

    Bring back group B

  43. heywood yabuzzoff

    heywood yabuzzoff

    13 päivää sitten

    NASCAR can suck it. This is racing

  44. Ryan Kluke

    Ryan Kluke

    14 päivää sitten

    Crazy to think that if lancia would have changed its turbine on the turbo for the delta it would of spooled up the turbo a lot faster and probably would have made smoother and more power also allowing in my mind for more torque in mid range

  45. Victor


    14 päivää sitten

    increasing the weight limit would've not really been beneficial to the drivers, like in other races the engineers would've just added lead sheets to the bottom of the car instead of better protecting the driver

  46. Victor


    14 päivää sitten

    We say that these cars were ended by the regulations, but the ulterior regulations on tabaco advertising would've killed them anyways, this was the era of big tabaco money, when they were swapping f1 engines every race to get close to 1000hp per litter

  47. george


    14 päivää sitten

    Quattro is AWD f350 is 4×4 cool vid

  48. BMW E34

    BMW E34

    15 päivää sitten

    This is an amazing vid

  49. The Guns N Glory Show

    The Guns N Glory Show

    15 päivää sitten

    bring back group b. build a fence

  50. G Allan

    G Allan

    15 päivää sitten

    How on earth can you not mention the Ford RS200

  51. Brady Prince

    Brady Prince

    15 päivää sitten

    Are you french, because the Peugeot wasn't fast, it didn't win for a reason.

  52. Neil Pieterse

    Neil Pieterse

    15 päivää sitten

    I grew up with this type of racing and it was incredible to watch, unfortunately it takes the death of a driver to change the is incredible fast and dangerous. RIP all the drivers who have died racing.🙏🏻

  53. Noel Kavanagh

    Noel Kavanagh

    16 päivää sitten

    Just come across this video very well explained well done .Just subbed too.

  54. Jaryd Jackson

    Jaryd Jackson

    16 päivää sitten

    Ahhh, you’ve got to love the 1980’s... cocaine, the Cold War, AIDS epidemic, and Group B LMFAO!

    • Sludge


      13 päivää sitten

      And transitioning into the nineties...Vanilla Ice!!!

  55. Mzyxplx


    16 päivää sitten

    The people in the way need to die for them to realize a car needs room to maneuver

  56. Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker

    16 päivää sitten

    Nothing like the sound of Group B

  57. Shawn Kirk

    Shawn Kirk

    17 päivää sitten

    you got good commentator skillz !!

  58. OneHairyGuy


    17 päivää sitten

    For the life of me I cannot understand why Rally Races allow fans to be on the track ?? You don't see any fan on an F1 race track ?? Why are the allowed on a Rally Course ?? Idiots !!

  59. Darth Plagus

    Darth Plagus

    17 päivää sitten


  60. Grubnar


    17 päivää sitten

    I am not a rally fan, or a car person in general ... but this video was very informative and entertaining, holding my attention the entire time!

  61. Ahmedo929


    18 päivää sitten

    Group B: exists Car makers: *its free real estate*

  62. Shawn Elliott

    Shawn Elliott

    18 päivää sitten

    You would have to be an absolute nutter to get behind the wheel of one of those rocket ships. Smooth pavement in relatively straight lines is one thing, taking one on a rally track is a whole other ballgame. Mad respect to those drivers.

  63. Trevor Mathews

    Trevor Mathews

    18 päivää sitten

    You DIDNT mention, arguably to most recognizable, and essentially the name sake of the Group B monsters because of its appearance in the beginning of this video?! The god damn Ford RS200!!!

  64. Goodnight Sweet Prints

    Goodnight Sweet Prints

    18 päivää sitten

    1. No Spectators 2. Record with drones BRING IT BACK

  65. extremedrivr


    19 päivää sitten

    This is why there should always be limits on Race classes. Open class rulebooks end up either driving up the costs of racing or leading to tragedies like this. But.. Crazy cool cars for the era which we will probably never see again.

  66. RapedByRepublicansII


    19 päivää sitten

    I peed and poopshoot.

  67. Flowmasta Flam

    Flowmasta Flam

    19 päivää sitten

    when people ask about what it was like to live in the 80's and 90's without smartphones and cameras on every street corner - show them group B

  68. skippys vr4

    skippys vr4

    20 päivää sitten

    I drive a group B everyday. Turns out a galant vr4 makes a great drag car. Traction and horsepower.

  69. BobTheHorse, Professional Idiot

    BobTheHorse, Professional Idiot

    21 päivä sitten


  70. Paul Nutter

    Paul Nutter

    21 päivä sitten

    Too fast????? don't talk rubbish. Terrible foreign crowd control ruined rallying nt the cars

  71. Kitchen Jail

    Kitchen Jail

    21 päivä sitten

    Group B was just the FIA's Super Modified division Change my mind

  72. Xavier Earnst

    Xavier Earnst

    21 päivä sitten

    3:38 that guy dropped his camera XD

  73. Argy Pan

    Argy Pan

    21 päivä sitten

    Mention Lancia Delta Integrale to any rally fan and you will see a spark in their eyes

  74. Manuel Kumli

    Manuel Kumli

    22 päivää sitten

    This is the kind of footage we should show aliens on first contact.

  75. Matteo Mori

    Matteo Mori

    23 päivää sitten

    If you want to pronounce LANCIA correctly : "-cia" sounds "cha", so it's like a lunch-uh or lun-cha. LANCIA in italian means Spear

    • Matteo Mori

      Matteo Mori

      19 päivää sitten

      @extremedrivr it's not grammar. It's just pronunciation. And also a little bit of culture ;)

    • extremedrivr


      19 päivää sitten

      Ok there Mr grammar 🚔. 😆

  76. 1978garfield


    23 päivää sitten

    Bring it back, put the kind of bumper guards that trucks in the Outback use on the cars and award points Death Race 2000 style if people wont keep off of the road. Have medical crews near by to harvest transplant organs so some good comes from their stupidity.

  77. J.C. Denton

    J.C. Denton

    23 päivää sitten

    Bring back Group B - Death is the spice of it

  78. Ricky Castro

    Ricky Castro

    23 päivää sitten

    When Henri and Sergio crashed, their lead made it so no one knew they crashed. The following racing team only stopped after seeing the flames and could still hear the screams. The technology that was created in light of their deaths have saved countless racers going forward.

  79. Endurance Makahamadze

    Endurance Makahamadze

    23 päivää sitten

    kenney from the block

  80. ChrisGR93 _TxS

    ChrisGR93 _TxS

    24 päivää sitten

    the last part of the video....... no words

  81. ChrisGR93 _TxS

    ChrisGR93 _TxS

    24 päivää sitten

    everybody leftfoot brake!

  82. ChrisGR93 _TxS

    ChrisGR93 _TxS

    24 päivää sitten

    5cylinder 20v sound is pure magic

  83. Toni Rantala

    Toni Rantala

    24 päivää sitten

    I don't get it why they stand in the middle of the road. It's not like its a surprise there's car coming FAST at some point. Guess its just part of the fun to run for your life and slow down drivers while at it

  84. KoreBoredom


    25 päivää sitten

    Group B is like the raw power from Midnight Club cars on the wangan combined with the skill and precision of touge drifting. What more can you want?

  85. meme dream

    meme dream

    25 päivää sitten

    Rallying wouldn't be so dangerous if these brain defunct tourists and spectators weren't always in the way.

  86. josef salon

    josef salon

    25 päivää sitten

    Remember this era, also remember that horrible deadly crash...

  87. TrevSkee Cannon

    TrevSkee Cannon

    26 päivää sitten

    Just admit it.. you clicked on this video to listen to group b made engines.. but turn's out you'll listening to some dumb A55 chat crap everybody knows from the past 40 years!

  88. Snakerooni


    26 päivää sitten

    just to say I got unsubscribed by FItop. Just subbed again.

  89. Maxwell Edison

    Maxwell Edison

    26 päivää sitten

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    26 päivää sitten

    Actually modern WRC cars are a lot faster than any old GrB car in any kind of special stage. Old GrB cars are way too slow compared to modern WRC. Even modern WRC2 are faster than old GrB. The point is that old GrB cars did not have the long suspension travel that modern cars have, so they demanded more caution from the driver.

  91. Christophe


    26 päivää sitten

    Great video thank you😀

  92. lauraiss


    26 päivää sitten

    There are two themes in whole youtube nobody should ever touch again because those are not just over abused, they are over deep anally overfucked. In cars - Rally Group B In videogames - why Sega failed. Please for god sake do not touch these themes again. It is the most miserable topic to take. It's when you have nothing to talk about at all. Have a self respect.

  93. Dylan Yeomans

    Dylan Yeomans

    26 päivää sitten

    Pretty sure the audi was a H pattern 5 speed manual not semi auto??

  94. Uula Hursti

    Uula Hursti

    26 päivää sitten

    In the last Finnish interview before the fatal crash Toivonen said he thinks the race is ludicrous and not meant for humans to drive. He also said his brains are not enough for a task. It was way too long and dangerous - and we all saw what happened.

  95. Montikore Productions

    Montikore Productions

    26 päivää sitten

    Aw man what about the RS200??

  96. Arne Servatius

    Arne Servatius

    26 päivää sitten

    Your wrong again. Where were you when they gave out IQ’s. What a waste of a sports reporter you are.🤪

  97. Chris Mullin

    Chris Mullin

    27 päivää sitten

    It was insane times...

  98. Chris Mullin

    Chris Mullin

    27 päivää sitten

    Insane, something happend, and they decided no more HP over a certain limit!

  99. Gary Storey

    Gary Storey

    27 päivää sitten

    Maddest of them all ? Easily the Metro 6R4 !

  100. Emmanuel Herbert

    Emmanuel Herbert

    27 päivää sitten

    Group B. The best.