The primary support series in WRC and the final stepping-stone to the headline WRC category.
The WRC 2 championship is open to powerful four-wheel drive cars that fall in the RC2 class of the technical regulations.
The newest and most powerful generation of RC2 cars follow the FIA’s R5 regulations. However, the RC2 regulations are flexible and incorporate other sub-categories, making cars of varying engine types and dimensions eligible.
Power and performance are balanced through air restrictors, minimum weight stipulations and price caps. Look out for: Ford Fiesta, Citroën's DS 3, Peugeot 208 T16, Škoda Fabia and, later in 2016, the Hyundai i20.
Getting technical –
Open to four-wheel drive cars in the new RC2 class which are built to one of the following five technical regulations.
- Group R5: Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with a 32mm restrictor and using a five-speed gearbox. The price is capped at 180,000 Euros to ensure cheaper, more standard parts are used.
- Group S2000: Powered by either a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with a 30mm restrictor or a 2.0-litre normally aspirated unit.
- Group Regional Rally Cars: Powered by similar engines and transmissions as the World Rally Cars, but with less power due to a smaller turbo restrictor.
- Group R4: Also known as production rally cars, these are very popular and less modified, ‘showroom specification’ vehicles. Cheaper to run, but lower on performance, these cars also compete for their own Production Car Cup.