Twenty years ago, the first-ever Harry Potter novel was published, Dolly the sheep was introduced to the public and Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computers. These were just some of the momentous occasions that took place in 1997.
In addition to these significant events, in the June of 1997 the world was introduced to a video game that would change the landscape of racing games forever; V-Rally.
Developed by Eden Games (or Eden Studios as it was known back then) and published by Infogrames, V-Rally quickly became a flagship title selling over seven million units and grossing $200,000,000. Unlike other popular rally games of its time, V-Rally offered its players the unique opportunity to race directly against each other in split-screen mode as opposed to racing against the clock. The game boasted ten different race locations and eleven official World Rally Championship cars, including four from the WRC class and seven Formula 2 Kit Cars.
To mark the twenty-year anniversary of V-Rally, Eden Games has come up with its favourite rally cars featured in the three iterations of the game.
Rallying legend Sébastien Loeb won his first World Championship in a Saxo (Junior title in 2001).
Spanish rallying legend Carlos Sainz achieved 3 WRC victories during his time with the car in 1996 and 1997.
One of the most successful rally cars in history, the Alpine A110 can boast winning the first-ever World Rally Championship for manufacturers.
Fiat 131 Abarth
The Fiat 131 Abarth helped the manufacturer win the Manufacturers’ title three times.
Toyota Corolla WRC
The Toyota Corolla WRC was the first ‘World Rally Car’ to feature a transverse-mounted engine.
Citroën Xsara Kit car
Absolute domination comes to mind with the mention of this car. During two French rallying seasons between 1998 and 1999 the car notched up (with driver Philippe Bugalski) 15 wins out of a possible 20.
Peugeot 306 Maxi Car
The 306 Maxi debuted in the Rallye Alsace-Vogues in 1995. Legend has it that it was so wide that a stage had to be shortened because the 306 Maxi was wider than a bridge near the stage finish!
Renault Megane Kit car
The Megane Maxi featured a seven-speed gearbox and won the Tour de Corse outright in 1996.
Subaru Impreza WRC
Together with the Delta, the Impreza shares the highest number of wins in World Rally Championship history – that’s 46.
Audi Quattro B2
Not many cars can claim to have changed the design discourse within rallying circles but the Audi Quattro B2 is one of them. It became the first rally car ever in the WRC to have a permanent four-wheel-drive.
Ford Focus RS
V-Rally may be 20 years old but the team at Eden Games has not forgotten its rallying roots. This year it launched a new rally mode in its latest racing game, Gear.Club.
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About Eden Games
Eden Games was founded in Lyon, France in 1998, to develop one of the most successful game franchises on PlayStation systems: V-Rally.
In 2000, the studio expanded its racing expertise with the development of Need For Speed: Porsche for EA. Eden Games iterated in other genres before returning to its roots with Test Drive Unlimited, the first massive opn world racing game franchise.
Eden Games today is an independent game studio managed by two of its original co-founders, David Nadal and Jean-Yves Geffroy. The studio is composed of both experienced veterans and highly talented young developers, all driven by the same passion for cars, high-end design and technologies.