Video: Is This the Narrowest Road Ever Used in a Rally Stage?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/bZhXoFPYCwI

Rally stages are known for their use of challenging roads and tricky corners, but have you seen anything quite like this part of the 2018 Rally del Rubinetto?

The space between those buildings looks to be just barely wide enough to fit a car, and we're sure the corners of those walls were at least a few different colors at the end of the stage.

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jharry3
jharry3 HalfDork
9/16/20 8:44 a.m.

I spent some time in a small town in southern Italy for one job I was on.  There were roads like this all over Italy, always in the very old parts of town. 

They had enough room for a Fiat 500 (Cinquecento), the real ones, not the modern American version,  and pedestrians.  

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
9/16/20 8:55 a.m.

Can't go through that sideways

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
9/16/20 9:57 a.m.
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/16/20 1:17 p.m.

Love how the dude is just looking at the car while holding his drink. 

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/16/20 1:58 p.m.

What people in this country don't understand is that's a main road!

Seriously, there were roads around where I grew up that your average British double decker bus would brush the greenery on both sides as it went down them.  I just looked it up, they were around 100" wide.  I just checked a Super Duty dually for comparison and with mirrors they are 105"

I just looked up WRC car max width and it's 1770mm, effectively 70", I'm not sure if that's with or without mirrors, but it makes that gap looks like it can't be more than 85-90" width!

tomtomgt356 (FS)
tomtomgt356 (FS) Reader
9/16/20 2:01 p.m.

A new meaning for Rubbin's Racin'.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/16/20 2:43 p.m.

In reply to Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) :

Inhale now!!

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
9/16/20 3:18 p.m.

Left 1, don't cut !

79rex
79rex Reader
9/16/20 7:27 p.m.

The echoing off the old buildings must be glorious in person

DWNSHFT
DWNSHFT Dork
9/16/20 8:17 p.m.

I thought that was how the scrutineers checked for maximum width and maximum wheelbase!

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
9/17/20 2:28 p.m.

I don't see co drivers in the cars 

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/17/20 2:32 p.m.
jharry3 said:

I spent some time in a small town in southern Italy for one job I was on.  There were roads like this all over Italy, always in the very old parts of town. 

They had enough room for a Fiat 500 (Cinquecento), the real ones, not the modern American version,  and pedestrians.  

We lived in Italy in the 90s, and my dad brought our Plymouth Voyager with us so we could drive all over Europe and pick up antique stuff (ugh...). In one small monastary town, we were going down a narrow road  between buildings that kept getting narrower (downhill with cars behind us). At one point we were 20 feet from the "exit" and both mirrors were scraping (89 Voyager had fixed mirrors!). Dad just said "screw it" and kept going as both mirors ripped off as we exited to freedom lol. 

Also, the road in that vid is pretty "usual"in the smaller towns in Italy. Large enough for any Italian car to get through (except perhaps the Lambo/Ferrari-type stuff) - our Lancia Delta never had any issues, but it was a tight fit in a few places. 

Patientzero
Patientzero HalfDork
9/17/20 10:03 p.m.

I lived in Italy for 4 years and had a Ford Ranger for a portion of that.  It was challenging at times.  Motorcycle is the way to go over there.

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/18/20 3:41 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

I don't see co drivers in the cars 

Co-Drivers in modern rally cars sit really really low and really far back for CofG distribution and height.  Look carefully and you'll see the top of their helmets about level with the drivers shoulders, but further back.  There are two names on the rear windows too.

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