Professional rally drivers are a different breed of crazy. Drivers race through forests, deserts, and even towns in tiny, stripped-out turbocharged terrors at a speed which would make most of us blanch if we were on a freeway in the safety of our large and airbag-loaded cruisers. During a rally, despite the driver’s unbelievable talents, things always have the potential to go awry, often as a result of circumstances out of the control of the driver. During a testing session for the Rallye Deutschland 2015, rally driver Thierry Neuville experienced an extremely close call that almost ended in disaster.
Neuville was putting his Hyundai i20 WRC through its trial runs for the upcoming race, flying through farmland roads, when a tractor from one of the adjacent farms pulled out onto the tarmac road, right in the path of the oncoming rally car. Neuville was quick to react, demonstrating the monstrous stopping power of the brakes, bringing the tiny hatch to a full stop in just under four seconds.
Then again, its no surprise Hyundai gave the car such powerful brakes, as the i20 WRC has 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque on tap from the 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder. Power is sent through all four wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. Sixty mph comes in around four seconds, with a top speed of 139 mph.
Take a look at the video below to see the near-miss for yourself.