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This Weekend in Car Videos: Classic WRC Rally Finland Footage

by Stanley Yee on

Porsche’s first supercar, rally racing in Finland, and a diesel takes on the new M3. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here.

Rally Finland, one of the key events in the World Rally Championship, is quickly approaching. Known for its sweeping gravel roads, Rally Finland has always been one of the most exciting rally events on the calendar, truly testing the skill and bravery of drivers and their co-pilots. The high speed stages often allow drivers to race flat out in top gear, jumping through the forest roads at triple-digit speeds. It is a strange mixture of bravery, confidence, skill, and stupidity that the Flying Finns describe as ‘sisu’, which allows the drivers to attack the stages with no fear. As the late rally legend Colin McRae would say, if in doubt, flat out.

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Porsche has always had a way with supercars, and it all started with the 959. Going above and beyond the 911 sports car, the 959 was the first true Porsche supercar. The roofline of the 959 was just about identical to the 911, but from there, the car was juiced to the gills. Hiding underneath its composite widebody skin was an all-wheel drive system which was a technological marvel for its day, along with a sequential twin-turbo engine. Compared to its simple-yet-pure competitors, the Ferrari F40 and Jaguar XJ220, the Porsche looked like a computer on wheels. The 959 didn’t just progress Porsche’s road car technology, it also proved itself a true motorsport icon, winning the prestigious Dakar Rally.

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Going against every rule in the book, Autocar compared BMW’s new M3 to a diesel 3-Series, with results putting them just about even across the board. As ludicrous as the idea may be, the diesel in question was an Alpina D3, which looks to be just about one of the best diesel sedans on the market. Even against the latest M3, the diesel 3-Series was able to keep up, and in some cases was quicker than the M3. In the end, the two cars stood in a dead tie, with each offering their own set of advantages. Cue the internet commenters, who quickly grabbed their torches and pitchforks, angrily explaining the blasphemy in the YouTube comments section.

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It has long been a stereotype that American cars are incapable of cornering, but a quick look at this Camaro would suggest otherwise. A 1979 Chevrolet Camaro would seem to many to be a poor candidate for an autocross car, but with some modifications, this Camaro absolutely tears through the cone gates. Let’s not forget to mention the experienced driver behind the wheel, or the demonic sounding V8 under the hood, completing a surprisingly successful autocross package.

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The Ferrari 458 Speciale requires little introduction. Like the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, the Speciale improves on the already beloved 458 Italia. Building on what was already a near perfect sports car, Ferrari was able to improve little bits and pieces, adding horsepower, lowering weight, and giving the car better aerodynamics. Perhaps most importantly, a racing stripe now runs through the bodywork, informing people that it isn’t just a regular 458, but instead the 458 Speciale.

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