Rally racing: Pushing the limits of control
New World of Speed exhibit opening June 29, 2019
Modern rally racing tests the limits of road racing and the skill of its drivers. It started over a century ago as a simple race against the clock, in standard road cars between fixed points on open public roads – but it has evolved to feature some of the most extreme driving, in highly modified cars, often on unpaved back roads. These events can take place over several days and cover several hundred miles, in all kinds of weather and over the most difficult terrains.
A Long Legacy, The killer b’s, grassroots & an awesome car collection
Rally racing is considered by many to be the oldest form of auto racing. In fact, the first ever contested automobile competition was a rally held on July 22, 1894, that ran between the cities of Paris and Rouen, France. Competitors covered 79 miles on open public roads and the race was won by Albert Lemaître in a 3hp Peugeot – at a furious average speed of 10.2mph.
Modern competitive rally racing has come a long way in 125 years. It is still a place for car manufacturers to prove their design prowess, but now the driver must be equally proficient. They push these cars to the limit, often achieving speeds above 80mph on gravel and other loose surfaces while executing jumps, tight cornering, aggressive braking and acceleration. They can cover distances of several hundred miles in a series of timed stages over several days, hoping to win by achieving the fastest total time overall.
Exhibit Car Collection:
1968 Saab 96 Rally Car
1971 Ford Cortina Rally Car
1976 Lancia Rally Car
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
1985 Audi Quattro Sport
1985 Ford RS200
1980 Eaton Yale replica Ford Escort MkII RS1800
2015 Subaru WRX STI Limited 4WD Rally Car