The speed of a current World Rally Championship car on a real, paved road (as we saw at this weekend’s Rally Germany) is staggering. Humbling, maybe, is a better word.

Remember that these are just turbo 1.6 liter hatchbacks with all-wheel drive. Well, that and some of the most developed suspension in racing today and more other modifications than I could hope to mention. These cars are beasts, though they started life as production econobox shells.

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What’s blowing my mind right now is next year these cars are going to be even faster.