Volvo might be the most sweet, staid, unassuming car company in existence. Little did I know that they used to absolutely dominate the completely manic door-to-door smashing and bashing world of European Rallycross.
Above is the diminutive Volvo 343. It looked like just about any other weedy little rear-drive hatchback of the day, with a tiny four-cylinder inline engine. its most interesting point was that it was designed by the Dutch firm DAF with their famous ultra-early ‘rubber band drive’ CVT.