Bettega Attilio.

Motor Rally Driver Bettega Attilio.

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Rally trends: Why powerful Group ‘B’ cars were banned

What you need to know:

  • Group ‘B’, on the other hand, only required manufacturers to make 200 two-seater units in an effort by the FIA to push purpose-built cars onto the dirt.
  • By the time of Toivonen’s accident, manufacturers like Audi and Lancia were developing cars capable of reaching 1,000bhp.
  • FISA had to rethink and come up with stringent safety measures from these Group ‘B’ accidents, and one aspect was tracking cars remotely from rally headquarters.

On May 2, 1986, a corner seven kilometres from Corte in Corsica, France, killed Henri Toivonen, his American navigator Sergio Cresto and, in the process, the powerful Group ‘B’ cars. 

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