The major support series in WRC and the final stepping stone to the headline WRC category.
Launched in 2013 through the merger of SWRC and PWRC, it contains powerful four-wheel drive cars built under various technical rules. Power and performance are balanced through air restrictors and minimum weight stipulations.
The FIA Production Car Cup (now in its 27th season) forms part of WRC 2 and is awarded to the top WRC 2 crew driving a Group N car.
Look out for – Ford Fiesta R5, Citroen DS3 RRC, Ford Fiesta RRC, Peugeot 208 T16 R5 (due for homologation on 1 March 2014), Citroen DS3 R5 (due for homologation on 1 March 2014), Mini John Cooper Works RRC, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Subaru Impreza WRX, Ford Fiesta S2000, Skoda Fabia S2000.
Getting technical –
Open to four-wheel drive cars in the new RC2 class which are built to one of the following five technical regulations.
- 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.
- S2000: Powered by either a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with a 30mm restrictor or a 2.0-litre normally aspirated unit.
- Regional Rally Cars: Powered by the same engines and transmissions as the World Rally Cars, but power is restricted by a smaller 31mm restrictor.
- R4: Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, closely related to the road cars on which they are based. They use an uprated transmission and lighter body panels.
- N4: 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.