1st Marble Rally of Champions

At CarraraFiere, the 1st Marble Rally of Champions, motoring event for charity purposes

On the outdoor track of the exhibition centre, waiting for 4x4Fest, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October, a weekend for rally enthusiasts whose proceedings will be partly donated to Croce Rossa Italiana.

While the “engines” of the 17th edition of 4x4Fest, the National Show of the All-Wheel Drive scheduled from October 13th to October 15th, are warming up, on the preceding weekend all car, motor racing and rally enthusiasts will have the chance to attend the first edition of MROC, a non-competitive demonstration event for sporting, competitive and vintage cars, by Maremma Corse 2.0 racing team.

On  a highly spectacular track set up in the outdoor area of the exhibition centre, visitors will be invited to ride with their cars; a few lucky ones will also be able to  ride as passengers on one of the cars of their dreams.

The dynamic demonstration of the cars will take place on Saturday morning, in an alternation of historic and modern models for the different categories; among the most interesting cars to admire in their evolution on the track, there will be the World Rally Car’s protagonists of the 2000s. At the end of the morning, after a short break  the “Taxi rally” will offer visitors the thrilling experience of a race car: a couple of cars ‒ and  their drivers ‒ will be made available to let visitors tour the track in complete safety (with helmets and belts) upon payment of a fee to be paid to Croce Rossa Italiana (CRI) or to another institute reported by CRI itself.

In the early afternoon, the dynamic demonstration of competing cars will then be resumed, to be replicated on Sunday morning. Also the Taxi rally will be reserved only to 10 lucky ones, extracted from the tickets sold on Saturday. The 10 lucky ones will have the chance to sit next to the driver for a free ride on the cars of their dreams. In the afternoon  of Sunday 8th October, another dynamic demonstration of competing cars will take place. Finally, at the end of the evening, the most spectacular cars and the best drivers will be awarded in the final ceremony.



Entrance 3  Seaside front, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Entry fee for two days: € 10,00. Part of the event proceedings will be donated to Croce Rossa Italiana.

Event organised by MROC in collaboration with Maremma Corse 2.0 and CarraraFiere

Carrara, September 11, 2017

MROC Communication Office

CarraraFiere Communications Office


1° Marble Rally of Champions, the history of the protagonists

At the 1st Marble Rally of Champions, scheduled at CarraraFiere in the weekend 7th-8th October, among the most interesting cars to admire in their evolution on track there will be the World Rally Car’s protagonists of the 2000s, such as the Peugeot 206WRC: a model specifically designed for the World Rally Championship, which competed from 1999 to 2003, winning twice the title for pilots with Marcus Grönholm (2000 and 2002) and three times the title for builders (2000-2002).

The 206WRC has participated in five World WRC editions, obtaining five world titles and winning 24 rally world championships, 15 of them with Marcus Grönholm, two-time champion of the world; the car was equipped with a 2000 turbo engine capable of delivering over 320 horsepower, with amazing performance and an acceleration of 0-100 in less than 4 seconds for a maximum speed of about 220 km/h depending on the reports and on the races. Among the organisers of the MROC we also find Silvano Luciani,  IRC Champion in 2007, driving a 206WRC.

Another protagonist of the period is the Ford Focus RS WRC, the racing version  of Ford’s quiet saloon car, explicitly designed to take part in the World Rally Championship, where it competed from 1999 to 2010, obtaining two world-class builders titles (2006 and 2007) and 44 victories, with the world-renowned World Champion Carlos Sainz (father of current F1 star of Toro Rosso) and the unforgettable Colin McRea.

From the technical point of view, like all WRCs of that period, it was equipped with a 2000 turbo 300-horsepower engine, 6-speed sequential gearbox.

But surprises for the enthusiasts will not end with these two wonders: there will also be a couple of models of the undisputed Queen of World Rallies, that is, the formidable Lancia Delta S4 gr B, worldwide considered as the most powerful rally car ever performing, with futuristic technological solutions for its times (mid-1980s).

In 1985, Lancia-Abarth engineers, led by engineer Lombardi, gave birth to the project Delta S4 (Superseded and four for four-wheel drive) with the aim of winning the international rally competitions of Group B. This car was the only Delta ever produced for competitions to have nothing to share with the standard model: it was necessary to produce and sell to the public 200 test models for road, which was mandatory for the approval of the racing model.

The 4-cylinder engine, in line with a 1759 cm³ displacement, was a masterpiece of the motoring engineering of the time, everything was made of light alloy with a magnesium alloy base, the head in aluminium alloy, the barrels of the cylinders were covered with an innovative and sophisticated technological treatment based on aerospace-based ceramic material, the valves were 4 per cylinder in a special metallic alloy named Nimonic, the dual-power feeding system was a novelty in the worldwide motoring scene, equipped with of a KKK k27 turbocharger plus a volumetric compressor (volumex, patented by Abarth, type R18): the advantage of the volumex was to “push” at low speeds of 1,500 r.p.m., improving engine acceleration and reactivity, the pure power came from the exhaust gas KKK turbocharger, the union of the two systems allowed elasticity and power.

The two supercharging systems were coupled, excluding the Volumex, at high rotation regimes where the turbocharger only worked. The Delta S4 in its road version had 250 HP, the race version for the debut in 1985 had 480, whereas the latest evolution in the 1986 World Championship could develop for a short stroke the unbelievable power of 650 HP (476 kW) with a supercharging pressure of 2,5 bar through an overboost adjustable from the passenger compartment.


Event organised by MROC in collaboration with Maremma Corse and CarraraFiere


Carrara, September 11, 2017

MRoC Communication Office

CarraraFiere Communication Office