The principal category in the WRC and driven by the sport’s superstars such as Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala.
Look out for - Ford Fiesta WRC, Citroën C3, Hyundai i20 Coupe, Toyota Yaris WRC
Getting technical –
- Technical Class RC1
- Referred to as ‘World Rally Cars’
- 1.6-litre, fuel injection, turbocharged, four cylinder engines fitted with a 36mm air intake restrictor
- Power output restricted to about 380bhp
- Cylinder block and head based on those in the standard road car.
- Modifications allowed to crankshafts, con rods, pistons, cylinder linings, valves and camshafts.
- Permanent four-wheel drive, six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle-shift on steering
- Mechanical front and rear differentials. Active centre differential
- 7 x 15inch wheels for gravel, 8 x 18inch wheels for asphalt
- 300mm diameter brakes for gravel, 370mm for asphalt
- Weight: 1,190kg minimum. 1,350kg with driver and co-driver
- 0-100kph in less than 4sec.
- Top speed exceeding 200kph.