Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Rally Heaven - Shotgun in a Lancia Stratos and Delta S4 - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

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[CAR NOISE]

CHRIS HARRIS: Hello, and welcome to somewhere in

Northern Italy.

Today I'm on a tire launch.

Now, I don't normally do tire launches.

In fact, I hate the bloody things.

But I received an invitation from Pirelli.

And the invitation said come to Italy and try our new tire

for historic racing rally cars, many rally cars.

It's called the P7 Corsa Classic.

Now, I read that and thought I've got no

interest in that, at all.

I can't sell it.

I can't be doing it because JF will kill me because it's

actually my normal job, I'm supposed to

review cars, not tires.

And then I found out what the itinerary was.

There was no chance to test the tire myself.

However, Pirelli was going to lay on a Delta S4, a Zero 37,

a Stratos, and-- would you believe it--

Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen.

As you can see behind me, Mr. Alen is just chilling down

now, getting a cup of coffee.

This is the most extraordinary product launch

I've ever been on.

Only the Italians could launch a product where you don't get

to test the product yourself.

But you come anyway because they lay on

heroes and hero cars.

So this is my day and three of my favorite

motorcars ever made--

and two of my driving heroes.

It should be quite good.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: 40 kilometers outside San Remo town, up in

the foothills of Alps, the roads are sensational.

This is the first time the P7 Corsa Classic has

been used in public.

It's really Perelli trying to claw back its own territory

with a new construction, two new compounds, but retaining

that classic, asymmetrical tread patent.

As the cars on display, well, it's pretty

pornographic, really.

Beyond what I've already mentioned there's a 131

Miraifori, a Group A Delta, a cheeky 1997 Subaru road rally

car, a super 2000 Peugeot 207, and perhaps best of all, the

famous Group S 800-horsepower Lancia Stratos S4 ECV.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Right.

I'm about to take a ride in the Lancia

Stratos with Markku Alen.

Now I've never been in a Stratos before.

I've never met Markku Alen before.

Both are heroes to me.

Probably Markku more than the car.

So it's not often I don't drive cars.

I don't like sitting in the passenger seat.

But sometimes there's no point in doing something yourself if

there's someone around who can do it so much better than you.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: So the car feels very balanced.

It's got lovely ride comfort.

And this little gearbox has got a lovely short row.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: The car feels agile as if he could just put

it into whatever he wants to.

Incredible.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: And the performance, as you can

imagine, it's got torque.

It's just a cool machine.

It's got a traction 305 section tire in the rear.

And at about 270 horsepower, this car--

gliding.

We've reached that rainbow stage with Markku Alen.

[CHUCKLES]

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: What a noise.

What a noise.

MARKKU ALEN: [SPEAKING ITALIAN].

That's also handling a very sporty car for years.

CHRIS HARRIS: The ride is so good over the bumps.

MARKKU ALEN: But no power steering

CHRIS HARRIS: Does it need to run for a little now?

MARKKU ALEN: Yeah, yeah.

It has to cool.

CHRIS HARRIS: Wow.

So for me to be in the passenger seat the two things

I found remarkable were, the car is very

subtle over the bumps.

And it seemed quite a drive to me.

MARKKU ALEN: Really?

Okay, we will go slowly.

But anyway, easy, easy.

But maybe now in--

I don't know the suspension.

Maybe it's completely new circumstance with this car.

Anyway, fantastic to drive today.

And maybe pick Pirelli tires, also.

I feel it is very safe.

And everything, the breaking point, the traction,

everything going so well.

So easy to drive, like I say.

CHRIS HARRIS: When did you first drive one of these?

MARKKU ALEN: Like here, Remo or something, '78.

CHRIS HARRIS: '78.

MARKKU ALEN: Yeah.

I mean, all of the time in 131, and I say, now it's time

to start us.

CHRIS HARRIS: When you drove the car, particularly on

gravel, how much slip angle could you use?

Not so much?

MARKKU ALEN: Not so you know.

I mean, that's important at that time, is you not having

hand brake.

Like today, boys are doing a lot of handbrake.

We are in only braking or accelerating, two

possibilities.

If you know something happened, you try to 360 or

you try to really turning corners, and I hope

everything's going well.

But no hand brake in this car.

MARKKU ALEN: Thank you.

CHRIS HARRIS: Thank you.

What a legend.

What a legend.

Next up four time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen in a

Lancia Delta S4.

On reflection, that's quite a good thing to say.

[CAR NOISE]

CHRIS HARRIS: Right.

So if it's him driving, I don't need to drive, do I?

Let's watch the master class.

A lot less than 900 kilograms, apparently, and they reckon

it's running 500 horsepower.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Dear God.

Right, that is really fast.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: It's just got so much torque.

He's driving it smooth and fast.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: There it just takes off.

How does00 he just drives it with so much economy, motion.

And the motor, the motor starts out with loads of

torque, and then it just carries on going.

The supercharger brings it up, and then the turbo takes over.

It's fast, and actually feels quite neutral.

It's not understeering the way I thought it would.

It's the feeling that the engine kind of controls the

experience.

You don't actually sustain momentum.

You basically blitz it between the corners and get

it through the apex.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: That's extraordinary.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Simply extraordinary.

And hit the brakes to keep up.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: What a car.

Thank you.

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Good?

CHRIS HARRIS: Yeah.

The engine is just incredible.

What an engine.

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Your face, it speak.

CHRIS HARRIS: It's the engine.

I just--

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Unbelievable.

CHRIS HARRIS: It's the torque and then the power.

And it's seamless.

You don't even know.

JUHA KANKKUNEN: You have the torque.

Like that car, like the Volumex, beginning, but then

when the turbo comes together, PSHT!

CHRIS HARRIS: That's amazing.

JUHA KANKKUNEN: It's amazing, isn't it?

It's a good drive.

CHRIS HARRIS: Do you think you could have been quicker in one

of these than the Peugeot?

JUHA KANKKUNEN: You never know.

I never drove these, but the Peugeot was a good car anyway.

CHRIS HARRIS: And maybe the Peugeot had an easier

handling, do you think?

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Yes, much easier driving.

It was more like a go-kart, a very easy car to drive.

CHRIS HARRIS: And this car, you find that you have to just

slow the car, get it turned--

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Yes, that's what you have to do.

CHRIS HARRIS: --and then power.

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Yep.

Peugeot, you could even have drove it a little bit sideways

and play more with the car than this one.

It was very, very easy.

The smaller road you had, the faster the Peugeot was.

CHRIS HARRIS: Yeah?

JUHA KANKKUNEN: Yeah.

CHRIS HARRIS: Thank you, very much.

Dream come true.

Thank you.

The most extreme interpretation of the Group B

regulations.

The supercharged, turbocharged four-wheel drive Delta S4.

And now it's older brother, the two-wheel drive,

320-horsepower Zero 37--

a few metal pipes, a supercharger, two-wheel drive,

and that noise.

So I'm here with Paolo Andreucci in a Lancia Zero 37,

another dream come true, the third so far today for me.

This man next to me is a six-time Italian champion--

six times.

For me, the 037 is a very special car because, it's one

of the few cars that covers both bases in that it is a

supercar designed to go rallying, but

it's rear-wheel drive.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Good Lord.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Yeah, that's what I love, actually.

I'm not going to talk about the car.

I'm just going to keep praying.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: This thing is electric.

The corner speeds.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: You can just hear the supercharger.

I can barely hear myself think, it has to be said.

Oh, my God, that was fast.

That was fast.

That was fast.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Yes!

Yes!

Yeah, what a car!

What a car!

The balance!

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Well, it's OK.

The faster change of direction is OK.

CHRIS HARRIS: Yeah

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Yeah.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: OK.

The motor finally comes alive at about 4

and 1/2 on the tacho.

I'm going to [BLEEP]

right in my pants because he's properly going for it now.

A small fear.

A road where we shouldn't to be doing more than 20 miles an

hour, and he's doing 95, 100.

This car is noisy.

It actually feels more racey than any of

the other cars inside.

Wow!

Wow!

He's definitely on it.

Fifth gear.

You shouldn't be in fifth gear now.

That shouldn't be possible.

Bit of oversteer on the exit there.

Bit of oversteer there.

Oh.

Oh, yes.

Oh, yes.

And that is why I'm not a rally driver.

So for you, you drive a modern car, a Peugeot 207 in the

Italian championship.

What's it like to drive this car?

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Yeah.

It's very easy in the faster, because the

weight is very low.

And there is more of a loaded car.

In the faster change of direction, it's more precise.

CHRIS HARRIS: Is it?

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Yes.

Because the weight is important.

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: With these tires, it has a

lot of grip as well.

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Yes, very good.

It's a very good tire.

CHRIS HARRIS: You were just another gear, another gear,

another gear, another gear.

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Yeah.

CHRIS HARRIS: That was fantastic.

Thank you, man.

Thank you, man.

PAOLO ANDREUCCI: Thank you.

Up to this point, the day ran surprisingly smoothly given

that there were three active road stages and a heap of

journalists.

I had an inkling of the mayhem to come, however, when I was

told that I could ride in the Delta S4 wearing

shorts and a T-shirt.

You sit on the fuel tank in an S4.

And less we should forget, they don't have a great

reputation for not catching fire.

At about 4 o'clock, the event schedule was slightly noveled

by some rain.

This meant the Stratos stopped running, and the gorgeous red

ECV still hadn't turned a wheel, at which point Paolo

jumped in the 22B and went for a squirt, returning to hand

over to Juha, who went very sideways, indeed.

Juha then spotted the S2000 car and said [DEEP VOICE]

I haven't driven one of those.

A few seconds later, he was doing this kind of thing.

Then the rain stopped, and we were treated to the theater

that is the experimental carbon vehicle

being coaxed into life.

They warmed it through, and then Paolo went up the stage

in it, returning to add some real Group B flavor by aiming

it vaguely in the direction of people

standing in the village.

I suppose there was only way the best day I've ever spent

not driving cars-- good end--

a bloke doing donuts in the best-looking

Subaru of all time.

And no, I still can actually tell you what a P7 Corsa

Classic is like to drive.

But what a day.

[CAR NOISES]

CHRIS HARRIS: Now, because you never

drove this car in theory.

MARKKU ALEN: Not in the rallies, no.

CHRIS HARRIS: Does this mean when you finish driving you go

back to Mr. Todd with a list of modifications for the 205?

MARKKU ALEN: Yeah.

[CAR NOISES]

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