Many motorsports enthusiasts consider 1970s the golden era of the evolution of rally car . The Ford escort RS became popular vehicle among the best rally car drivers of the era.
Not very spectacular in looks, the car was still a favourite among the most notable drivers of the time. Another popular vehicle was the Italian manufactured Lancia Stratos, known for its ability to perform under the most challenging situations.
The high performing car engine, a Ferrari make, set it apart from other cars.
The 1980s was a time when the Audi Quattro became a popular race car rivalled perhaps only by the Lancia Delta S4. The Quattro was heavily backed by the manufacturer, Audi, and this not only shaped the car design, but also the fate of car racing, to some degree.
The Lancia Delta S4 also received much support from Fiat, and this made car rallies more thrilling, as team support on the road came to be looked at as an important part of motor rallying.
The 1990s was dominated by Subaru Impreza, and the Toyota Corolla WRC, this being the era of Asia manufactured cars. The sport became more attuned toward TV audiences, and this meant that schedules were tighter and stricter than before.
Drivers were no longer known only for their skills; they also had to cultivate charisma to appeal to a broader audience.
The first decade of the 21st century saw the rise of car such as Citroen Delta C4 WRC. Currently, Volkswagen Polo WRC is topping the popularity charts.
The Citroen incidentally was the car that Sebastien Loeb drove to victory in many championships, most notably, every single World Championship title from 2004 to 2012.