|Philips LED Rally Argentina|
|Stages:||21 (402 km)|
- Based in the lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city.
- Traditionally visits three different areas of Cordoba province – Punilla Valley, Calamuchita Valley and Traslasierra mountains.
- A super special stage in Carlos Paz draws huge crowds and is well-liked by drivers.
- 2014 route details to be confirmed.
- 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.
- Early autumn weather in the southern hemisphere brings a risk of fog and ice in the mountains.
- 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 2014
- 2014 event details to be confirmed.
- 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.
- Just as dramatic is the stunning moonlike vista of the nearby Giulio Cesare test.
- 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!