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.


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