Monday, February 15, 2016

The most entertaining rally "Oops!" moments of 2015

Here's a two-part blooper video from the 2015 rally season.

Lots of expensive machinery got turned into expensive repair bills . . .



Anonymous said...

Crazy rally guys!
Never done the pro stuff--but reminds me of many days and nights slinging around the gravel roads in my rural teens under all weather conditions! Geez~LoL
The vids are always an emotional rollercoaster! The close saves Yay! and the close fails- awww!
Then there are the head shakers- where you wonder- WTH were they thinking/doing to do THAT! (wayyy too fast or SO so slow a crash?
I see some too where the road location seems particularly cruel. Not cool!

The 1st one- last car- where they shell something important underneath and teh parts go clattering down teh road- THAT was sad but very amusing! OH Shittttt.... :)-

Anonymous said...

Biggest hazard is the drainage bitches...
1st vid,4:16...still chuckling!

Rolf said...

1st vid at 4:21 - looks (and sounded) like he blew his engine.

Will said...

Some of the incidents are examples of the limitations of pushing front-wheel-drive cars beyond normal driving conditions. (It takes more skill to push a FWD to it's limits than an equivalent RWD car. I have seen average drivers spin FWD cars on dry pavement, just changing lanes on the freeways. It's a fairly common single car crash scenario.)

Quite a few exhibit the common driving error of most people, who, when things go imperfectly, stamp on the brake pedal and don't release it until the vehicle stops moving. Here's a clue: if you are on the brakes, and the tires are screaming, you're probably doing something wrong. When the tires aren't rolling, you are not in control.

Some of those very slow slide-off-the-road incidents make me think there may be coolant or oil on the surface. Coolant can be difficult to see, and as slippery as oil.

First video, last car: I don't see any fluids hitting the road, along with all the parts. I think you can still hear the engine, so it is either the clutch assembly, or perhaps one of those belt-drive transmissions. Most likely clutch, as I'm not seeing pieces of belt.

Snoggeramus said...

Why am I thinking of my car insurance policy right now?

Stu Garfath. Oz. said...

Some very expensive sounds!.

Will said...

I looked a few more times, and there is a possibility I overlooked as the origin of those parts hitting the road.

It might be a supercharger, or turbocharger, grenading. I'm leaning toward turbo, as the orange flash seems like exhaust gases, and it does seem that an engine is heard to be running. Still, superchargers can explode with great force, especially if the fuel system is on the intake side, and compressing a mixture.