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BY: Michael

APRIL FOOLS: FIA: Group B Rally To Return In 2012

VW Group says they’re already on board.

Citing popular demand and the vast increases in racing safety that have been developed over the last 25 years, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (or FIA to us Anglophones) has announced that they will be bringing back the Group B class of rally cars staring next year. Woo hoo!

The details required of the entrants will be more or less carried over from the original Group B racers in the '80s: all Group B vehicles must be two-seat sports cars, and they must be homologated to the tune of 200 units. (However, to accommodate the larger engine sizes common today, the four old classes of the group have been modified; while the weights remain the same, all four classes have had their maximum allowed engine displacement bumped up one liter.) While the FIA expects most of the cars in the 2012 season will be based on sports cars already in production, they hope the return of the brand will inspire manufacturers to create new world-class vehicles for the group.

Adding to the excitement currently happening in our pants, the Volkswagen Group is already on board with the plan in a big way. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced today that not only will his group be involved, every single one of the VW Group's brands will be fielding a Group B competitor in the next few years. Lamborghini will be first, running a rally version of the Sesto Elemento that uses a Gallardo V10 downsized to 5.0 liters; following that, Bentley will introduce a Group B version of the next-generation Continental Supersports in 2013, with Audi taking the new Quattro racing in 2014. Here's hoping VW's example inspires the rest of the automotive world to follow suit. [via FIA]

In case you hadn't figured it out, this post is entirely fictional, and was created as part of our April Fools' Day coverage.

COMMENTS
  • Chris says:
    April 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm
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    If this an April Fools joke........ you fucking suck :) ... fawk just read the link reference

  • Tim ( Group B Rally Club USA ) says:
    April 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm
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    Saw the title and knew better ( We are the Group B Rally Club here in the US ) , But what is really cool is no matter how much time goes by everyone still remembers and loves the sounds of the Group B Monsters of the 80's.... Thanks for keeping the dream alive... Look for us at events around the US in the coming years... We will have cars on display at the Climb to the Clouds hill climb June 24-26th at Mount Washington in New Hampshire.. ( www.climbtotheclouds.com ) Facebook: ( climb to the clouds ) John Buffum and the Sprngls from Canada will be there... John will be bringing Michele Moutons ex Group B Car along with signing his book and a Q & A.... Not an april fools joke... Tim M

  • mexicola says:
    April 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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    dont you play with my feelings fuckers

  • mexicola says:
    April 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm
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    i have to admit that group B return would be the most amazing motorsport thing that could ever happen like... ever

  • Sal says:
    April 2, 2011 at 2:11 am
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    ...you don't play with rally fans' emotions like that.

  • roamer says:
    April 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm
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    Would that this were true. *I* will buy a ticket to the closest US event, right now, if the FIA would just go for this...

  • Inocente, inocente, celebramos el April Fools’ Day — MotorFull says:
    June 28, 2011 at 4:25 am
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  • Especial de April Fool’s Day: ¿Con que noticia falsa caíste? | Racing5 says:
    March 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm
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    [...] puede ser una de las noticias mas crueles de la jornada. Segun el blog 0-60, la FIA traería de regreso al Grupo-B. Las cuatro categorias existentes se mantendrían igual, [...]

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