Craziest Cars to Race Up the Shelsley Walsh Hill
21st Jun 2018
Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
Being the oldest continuous motorsport venue in the world, Shelsley Walsh is steeped in history, with an eclectic mix of cars having taken on the hill climb over the years.
We have put together a list of some of our favourites, featuring some of the fastest and craziest cars to ever take on the famous hill.
Aston Martin Vulcan
McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail
Ford RS200 Pikes Peak
Mazda RX7 (Turbocharged Triple Rotary)
As second-generation Mazda RX7 FCs go, one that is packing 700hp from its crazy engine and only weighing around 1140kg means it can deploy some serious performance. This particular RX7 is usually seen shredding its Nankang rubber in the drift scene, but this monster of a Mazda took on the Shelsley Walsh hill, making a glorious noise in the process.
Citroen 2CV (BMW Bike Engined)
Unbelievably the Citroen 2CV was produced from 1948 to 1990 – spanning forty-two years. It wasn’t famed for its power, as the original from 1948 had only 9 horsepower and it didn’t grow in power an awful lot throughout its life, gaining only an extra 20 horsepower at peak performance.
Audi Sport Quattro (Works Group B SWB)Another famous car from the Group B era of racing. The Audi Quattro was nothing short of monstrous thanks to its Quattro 4-wheel drive which saw it obliterate world rally stages for fun.
This particular video has been taken from the archives and features Finnish rally legend Hannu Mikkola at the wheel of an Audi Sport Quattro SWB Group B Works car. Old footage is always cool, and Mikkola seemingly makes this monster of an Audi dance its way up the Shelsley Walsh hill back in 1986 - making it look easy in the process. We can only reminisce about the Group B era now, but cars like the Audi Quattro have only paved the way for even more impressive race cars in the future and for that we are only too grateful.
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