Carlos Sainz from 1990s

Carlos Sainz, if you were born in 1980s, I am definitely sure you know who he is. Otherwise, let me give a brief information. Before WRC was overtaken by the Formula 1 during 1990s, Carlos Sainz was one of the most famous rally driver. And at the same years, Ayrton Senna was leading at Formula 1. As the years passed, WRC started to disappear but Carlos Sainz kept racing. During his career, Sainz made the Toyota Celica one of the most desirable car during 1990s. Then Lancia Delta Integrale, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Toyota Corolla WRC, Ford Focus WRC, Citroen Xsara WRC. Latter on 2007, Volkswagen Race Touareg at Dakar Rally.

Sainz is one of the most iconic rally drivers I have ever seen. And probably he will be remembered with his victories in future. Even though, I am not keeping up with the WRC but still checking what Sainz is doing nowadays. And also I cannot miss Luis Moya, his legendary co-pilot. These two names were bonded strongly with WRC during 1990s. If you ask someone what you remember from WRC from 1990s, they will say Sainz and Moya.

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Citroen, VW

Richard Burns’s WRC Cars in Autosport International 2013

Richard Burns, the legendary rally drive who made us to love the Subaru Impreza. Honestly, I wasn’t fan of the Subaru Impreza until Burns. After his victories with Subaru Impreza in WRC, I started to like the car. And until now, I really love the Impreza actually the one, which is driven by the Richard Burns. 
And hopefully, I had the opportunity to see the WRC cars that are driven by Richard Burns in Autosport International 2013 in NEC, Birmingham. I think this is the best part of this Autosport.
If you are planning to visit Autosport, you have a good reason now.
You may find out more about Richard Burns foundation from here.


Interview with Ben Sayer (PR Manager of ProDrive)

Today I was in Ben Sayer, PR Manager of ProDrive. If you are a bit interested on world rally championship, I am sure you know ProDrive. They worked with Porsche, Subaru, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Mini. Their job is to develop cars for racing, especially for word rally championship.
For me it was a great experience to visit ProDrive and see their heritage cars. Since I was a kid, I always heard ProDrive on TV but did not have opportunity to visit their head office. Thanks to Ben, I have been to head office of the legendary ProDrive.
In interview; Ben and I talked about future world rally championship (RedBull will in WRC), how live coverage of French WRC stage will be, history of ProDrive and their engagement with manufacturers, of course social media.
It was great to hear that ProDrive appreciates the works of bloggers and doing their best for us to create our content.
It was a great interview and great experience to be in ProDrive. I am sure you will like the interview and have an opportunity to see how the head office ProDrive looks like :)


Lancia Delta Integrale

Product lifecycle of modern cars are only seven years, because people get bored cars easily and after seven years people don’t want to buy one. However there are some exceptions for this! Lancia Delta Integrale from 1979 to 1994.
If you were born after 1990s, you have never heard of this car and if you don’t know this car stop thinking about cars :) During the end of 1980s and until the middle of 1990s, Delta Integrale was a phenomenon car of the World Rally Championship! It won Constructors Championship six times from 1987 to 1992 and it turn into an icon for Lancia. It showed what Lancia can do. Its 2lt turbo charged engine was producing 215 horsepower (1993 model) and four-wheel drive was transferring all those power to the road. Not only its engine was magnificent, but also its design! Many people wanted to own one. And still today, we can see that why people love this car. The WRC successes and powerful engine completed with an Italian design, if this car was made by someone else with the same technology but without this design, it won’t be create this impressive.
Those fantastic years did not live for long. Lancia could not manage to carry on this heritage and brand’s reputation started to dissolve. After having financial problems, Lancia disappeared from the automotive business. Then Fiat bought the company launched the brand again. And when I read about new Delta model, I was expecting to see contemporary interpretation of Delta Integrale but the result was catastrophic. This new car was totally destroyed the legend of Delta Integrale. Lancia should have preferred a different name for this car and reserve this brand as an asset to use it later on. However, they didn’t do this and revealed a family car.
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