Motor racing is often considered glamorous, but it’s not often an actual Playboy playmate gets behind the wheel with any serious intention. However, the gorgeous and talented Inessa Tushkanova is not sitting in the driver’s seat for jolly japes. Though Tushkanova began modeling before she became a professional rally driver, her intentions have always been to become the first female WRC champion, following in the mold of Michele Mouton. As we get to observe here, her considerable talent has earned her several rally wins and a position in the Finnish rally championship.
In this clip, Tushkanova pilots a serious Impreza sporting 700 horsepower. Though the car looks stable, there’s no doubt the immense amount of power under the Ukrainian’s right foot is something to be respected. Whenever she applies the throttle, the car instantly leaps forwards, often times with a good deal of understeer involved.
She clearly struggles to apply the power in certain sections; running wide of the apexes and holding a good amount of lock well past the exit of the corners. Though this is often a trait typical of cars with strong rear grip, there’s no question that the lack of rotation is making this GC8 frustrating to drive. With some alteration to the setup it could be a winner, though this day it lacked that last, vital bit of performance.
Of course, driving Zandvoort is known to be a challening experience, since it doesn’t offer the greatest amount of grip as far as circuits go. Surrounded by rolling dunes, this Dutch race track can collect plenty of sand on the surface and make putting all that power to the ground difficult. Factor in some challenging camber changes, the proximity of the barriers and the odd competitor, and the whole process becomes more daunting.