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The outrageous mountain-climbers that became Pikes Peak legends Plus

The outrageous mountain-climbers that became Pikes Peak legends

From Bigfoot to Le Mans-influenced racers, via Group B-derived leviathans, Pikes Peak has allowed some terrifying spectres to be unleashed. The latest in our Monsters of Motorsport series looks at the most outlandish machines to prove their worth on the famous hillclimb

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, Autosport picks out his 10 greatest drives

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic Plus

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic

This week's Arctic Rally Finland will bring the World Rally Championship into new territory. And, almost without exception, the service park can't wait for the subzero challenge to commence

Autosport 70: How Richard Burns scaled the WRC mountain

On this day 15 years ago, Richard Burns sadly passed away due to cancer, exactly four years after claiming the 2001 World Rally crown. In an article originally published in Autosport magazine on 1 December 2005, David Evans recounts his incredible career along with tributes from those who knew him best

Colin McRae's 10 greatest rallies ranked Plus

Colin McRae's 10 greatest rallies ranked

Colin McRae remains the youngest World Rally champion, forever the first Briton to take the title 25 years ago this week. Autosport is joined by family and friends to rate the late Scot's top 10 performances from the early days through to his WRC pomp

Autosport 70: A world rally legend says goodbye?

Fresh from victory in Argentina, Carlos Sainz Sr's World Rally Championship future was under serious consideration in 2004 as bigger priorities emerged. In Autosport's 29 July issue, the Spaniard hints at what was to come both for himself and the WRC

Watch: The champions of rallying's craziest decade

Group B's uncrowned champion Markku Alen has fond memories of the World Rally Championship's most revered era, despite being stripped of its final title. First shared with Autosport in 2016, it has been reproduced online to celebrate the latest in a series of free episodes from's Duke Classic archive reliving the twists and turns that decided the WRC champions of the 1980s

FIA reveals 'Rally Star' prize scheme to find next WRC champion

The FIA will begin a global search for the next generation of World Rally champions later this year, when Rally Star is launched in the summer

Neuville: Evans a WRC title challenger after Monte podium performance

Monte Carlo Rally winner Thierry Neuville says Elfyn Evans's performance on the season-opener has demonstrated he will be in the fight for this year's World Rally Championship title

Tanak laments Monte crash for lack of WRC Hyundai seat time

Reigning World Rally champion Ott Tanak wants to be back in a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC as soon as possible following his high-speed crash out of last week's Monte Carlo Rally

Hyundai gives Breen "career lifeline" WRC Rally Sweden outing

Irishman Craig Breen has talked of his relief at being handed a "career lifeline" in the shape of a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC drive at next month's Rally Sweden

Digging into the 'scramble for hybrid' Plus

Digging into the 'scramble for hybrid'

Against the seemingly irresistible rise of electrification in mobility, why are series organisers turning to hybrid as the answer to the big sustainability question? We ask the coordinators of three major championships to explain

How the WRC's backstage army delivers its live coverage Plus

How the WRC's backstage army delivers its live coverage

The World Rally Championship's All Live service is now entering its third season. But its debut on the Monte Carlo Rally two years ago still makes the series’ TV boss shudder

Evans has "no excuses" at Toyota ahead of Monte Carlo WRC opener

Elfyn Evans says he has no excuses not to make the most of his Toyota World Rally Championship move as he prepares to make his debut for the manufacturer

The mind behind Toyota's WRC dominator Plus

The mind behind Toyota's WRC dominator

A little white lie gave Toyota WRC technical director Tom Fowler a leg-up into rally engineering, and he's made good on that opportunity - via a stop-off in nuclear energy

No driver to use #1 in 2020 for the first time in WRC history

For the first time in the history of the World Rally Championship, the series will start in 2020 without a driver running with number one on the doors

Ex-WRC driver Hanninen to co-drive for Latvala on 2020 Rally Sweden

Ex-Toyota World Rally Championship driver and Intercontinental, European champion Juho Hanninen will co-drive for privateer Jari-Matti Latvala on Rally Sweden in a Yaris WRC next month

Meeke accepts full-time WRC career is over, now exploring options

Kris Meeke will spend this season considering his options after accepting his full-time career in the World Rally Championship is over following his Toyota exit

M-Sport to bring 'big change' to WRC engine, plots return to wins

M-Sport is targeting a return to World Rally Championship wins this year, with the "biggest change" made to its engine since the current regulations began in 2017

McRae, Burns cars highlight 60 years of rallying at Autosport Show

Six decades of historic and original rally cars including machines driven by Colin McRae and Richard Burns will grace this weekend's Autosport International Show

Fernando Alonso targets no 'stupid mistakes' on Dakar Rally debut

Toyota's Fernando Alonso says finishing is the priority on his Dakar Rally debut and that he needs to avoid any 'stupid mistakes' in the event that begins this weekend

Citroen WRC exile Lappi joins M-Sport alongside Suninen and Greensmith

After Citroen's World Rally Championship exit left him without a seat, Esapekka Lappi has joined the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for 2020 alongside Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith

How to recreate the 1960 RAC Rally fuelled by horrible coffee and lovely Tunnock's Teacakes Plus

How to recreate the 1960 RAC Rally fuelled by horrible coffee and lovely Tunnock's Teacakes

In the latest part of our series looking back at the recently concluded 2010s, David Evans recalls his trip around Britain to recreate the 1960 RAC Rally - a 2000-mile epic that included the event's first timed special stage

Ogier hasn't demanded number one status at Toyota in WRC

Six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says he has not demanded number one status at Toyota, following his move to the team from Citroen for 2020

Max McRae could make British rally debut in Colin WRC celebration

Max McRae could make his British rally debut in 2020 at the McRae Rally Challenge event that will celebrate his uncle Colin winning the World Rally Championship 25 years ago

WRC cars will get a boost from hybrid power on stages from 2022

The FIA has confirmed 2022 World Rally Cars will utilise hybrid to offer a power boost on the stages as well as for use in towns, cities and service parks

Pirelli wins tyre tender to supply WRC top tier and R5s from 2021

Pirelli has been selected as the control tyre supplier to the World Rally Championship from 2021, ending Michelin's strong run at the top level of the WRC

Opel reveals more details on e-Rally Cup E-Corsa car

Opel has revealed more technical details about the E-Corsa it is durability testing, and will compete in what it believes to be the first all electric rally championship next season

Rally Chile replacement call unclear, could be made during 2020 WRC

The deadline for a decision on a replacement event for the cancelled Rally Chile has not been set, and could come after the start of the 2020 World Rally Championship

Toyota's Katsuta gets WRC car for eight rounds in 2020 WRC

Takamoto Katsuta will tackle eight rounds of next year's World Rally Championship in a Toyota Yaris WRC, including his home event - the season-closing Rally Japan

No works Skoda team in WRC next year, team could sign Oliver Solberg

Oliver Solberg has been linked to a Skoda Motorsport deal next season - even though the team will not run a factory squad in the 2020 World Rally Championship

Tanak plays down rivalry with new WRC team-mate Neuville at Hyundai

Ott Tanak has played down any threat of a potentially damaging rivalry between himself and new team-mate Thierry Neuville inside the Hyundai World Rally Championship team for next season

Hyundai could run second WRC team for exiles Breen, Mikkelsen

Hyundai Motorsport could field a second team in the World Rally Championship next season, in a bid to keep Craig Breen and Andreas Mikkelsen in its squad

Toyota's Ogier not interested in reasons for Tanak's Hyundai move

Sebastien Ogier says he is not interested in speculating about the breakdown of Ott Tanak's relationship with the Toyota World Rally Championship team, following Tanak's 2020 switch to Hyundai

Kris Meeke facing uncertain future after Toyota WRC exit

Kris Meeke's future in the World Rally Championship remains unclear, and rumour indicates he could be close to announcing his retirement from rallying's top level

FIA to have back-up plan if interest in hybrid WRC 2022 stalls

The FIA is considering a revised plan for the World Rally Championship's future if the manufacturers fail to sign up for 2022 when hybrid technology is set to be introduced

Citroen's WRC cars could be bought or rented after its WRC exit for 2020

Citroen's C3 WRC will be available to buyers and the car could yet compete in the 2020 World Rally Championship, even though the manufacturer has withdrawn its works team

WRC's 2020 Rally Chile cancelled due to political and social unrest

The World Rally Championship's Rally Chile that was due to take place in April has been cancelled due to political and social unrest in the country

Latvala could get five-round 2020 WRC deal in a Toyota Yaris

Jari-Matti Latvala could tackle as many as five rounds of the 2020 World Rally Championship in a Toyota Yaris WRC

Rally Chile's 2020 WRC spot at risk of cancellation over protests

Rally Chile's place on the 2020 World Rally Championship calendar is under threat following recent social unrest in the country

Ogier's Toyota move carries the inescapable threat of implosion Plus

Ogier's Toyota move carries the inescapable threat of implosion

Sebastien Ogier is set to make his third new start in four years at the 2020 Monte Carlo Rally, following the confirmation of his deal to join Toyota. But with the six-time champion's retirement coming fast, he won't hold back from calling out mistakes

Toyota thanks exiting Latvala for influencing WRC return decision

Toyota president Akio Toyoda has thanked outgoing driver Jari-Matti Latvala for convincing him to bring the brand back to the World Rally Championship five years ago

Toyota reveals Ogier, Evans, Rovanpera in three-car '20 WRC line-up

Toyota has revealed an all-new driver line-up for next year's World Rally Championship, with Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera signed to drive its factory Yaris WRCs next season

'Shocked' Lappi targets M-Sport seat after Citroen WRC withdrawal

Esapekka Lappi says he was 'shocked' at Citroen's World Rally Championship withdrawal, and that M-Sport is his only hope for a seat in 2020

How Ogier's Citroen dream died Plus

How Ogier's Citroen dream died

Sebastien Ogier's return to Citroen offered him the chance to end his WRC story where it started, yet halfway through a two-year deal he's off. That Ogier lost patience with a team living within its means shows how motivated he is to win

Citroen WRC boss defends 2019 record after decision to quit series

Citroen team principal Pierre Budar has defended the manufacturer's record in this year's World Rally Championship following the announcement that it will walk away from the series

Sebastien Ogier explains decision to leave Citroen World Rally team

Sebastien Ogier has spoken exclusively to Autosport to explain his decision to leave Citroen's World Rally Championship team with a year to run on his contract

Citroen team boss explains full reasons for World Rally 2020 exit

Citroen's World Rally Championship pullout announcement had been anticipated for a week, and its statement pointed strongly towards Sebastien Ogier's decision to leave as the cause

Citroen leaves World Rally Championship and blames Ogier's exit

Citroen Racing has announced it will depart the World Rally Championship with immediate effect - stating Sebastien Ogier's decision to move to Toyota left it with no alternative

Citroen won't be part of World Rally Championship hybrid era in 2022

While Citroen's immediate World Rally Championship future remains unclear, Autosport has learned it will definitely not be part of the series' hybrid era in 2022

Citroen says it's discussing 2020 with Ogier amid WRC pullout talk

Citroen's parent company PSA Motorsport insists it is still discussing the 2020 World Rally Championship with lead driver Sebastien Ogier

Everyone loses if Citroen's WRC pullout goes ahead Plus

Everyone loses if Citroen's WRC pullout goes ahead

Citroen looks likely to quit the World Rally Championship - a series it dominated for years - with immediate effect. It's a sad end to a poor era for this once-great team, and a massive blow to the series

Toyota could reveal Ogier and Evans as 2020 WRC drivers within week

Elfyn Evans will be announced as a 2020 Toyota World Rally Championship driver - potentially with Sebastien Ogier alongside him - as early as the end of next week

Citroen could leave World Rally Championship before 2020 season

Citroen's future in the World Rally Championship is under review, with an immediate departure from the series reckoned to be a strong possibility

The agonising situation the WRC faced in Australia Plus

The agonising situation the WRC faced in Australia

As bush fires devastated the region surrounding the Coffs Harbour area hosting Rally Australia, WRC took the decision to cancel the event. But why did that decision take so long?

WRC teams to donate Rally Australia food to fire-affected locals

World Rally Championship teams will distribute unused food to the local Coffs Harbour community before returning to Europe following the cancellation of Rally Australia

World Rally Championship finale cancelled amid Australia bush fires

The 2019 World Rally Championship finale Rally Australia has been cancelled amid concerns about the rapidly spreading fires closing in on the event's Coffs Harbour base

WRC teams angry Rally Australia still not cancelled amid bush fires

There is increasing anger in the World Rally Championship service park that Rally Australia has not yet been cancelled, with its Coffs Harbour base in the path of intensifying bushfires

WRC Rally Australia proposes 70% shorter route due to bush fires

Rally Australia organisers have revealed a heavily revised schedule as a proposal to keep this week's World Rally Championship finale running

WRC Rally Australia to be "significantly shortened" amid fires

World Rally Championship finale Rally Australia will have a "significantly shortened" route - if it goes ahead at all - due to a worsening fire situation in the area