|Stages:||12 (342,59 km)|
|Servicepark:||Villa Carlos Paz|
- Based in the lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city.
- Stages based in Cordoba province, ranging from open plains in the Punilla Valley to stunning mountain roads in the Traslasierra mountains.
- Starts with a new Thursday evening super special stage in Villa de Merlo.
- Long stages feature prominently. Friday’s 52km test from Agua de Oro across the Sierras Chicas mountains to Ascochinga and Saturday’s 56km San Marcos - Characato will both run twice.
- The popular super special in Carlos Paz will close Friday’s leg and will be broadcast on live TV.
- Sunday’s final leg will comprise a double pass of the classic El Cóndor test, famed for its moonlike landscape.
- The contrast between the fast stages of the gentle Calamuchita Valley, rugged roads in the plains of the Punilla Valley and rocky, narrow mountain tracks.
- Sandy gravel roads become heavily rutted for the second pass and moving out of the ‘rails’ can pitch a car off the road.
- Many river crossings in the valleys which become wide and deep in wet weather.
- Gravel suspension.
- Drivers raise the ride height to cope with rutted roads for the second pass of stages.
- Hard and soft compound tyres available.
- First run in 1980 in Tucumán province in the north, when it was known as Rally Codasur.
- The 1982 edition was cancelled due to the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
- Moved to Bariloche, in the south, in 1983 but found its home in Cordoba in 1984.
- Argentines are passionate soccer fans and in 2007 a stage was held at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires while Cordoba stadium, home to Talleres, has twice hosted stages and the finish.
What’s new for 2015
- Thursday night’s curtain-raiser in Villa de Merlo, 235km from Carlos Paz in San Luis province, has never been held before.
- Two stages north of Carlos Paz will feature roads not used since 2007.
- The fast stages in the Calamuchita valley have been dropped from the itinerary.
- Few vantage points can compare with a place perched high on the roadside rocks at the start of the high altitude El Condor stage. Keep an eye out for the soaring condors too.
- Soak up the crackling atmosphere by joining tens of thousands of enthusiastic Latin American fans at one of the big jumps or in the vast open pampas. It’s fiesta time!