WRC is the championship’s headline category and the spectacular new-era World Rally Cars are driven by superstars such as Sébastien Ogier, Sébastien Loeb, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak.
Three manufacturers compete for drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles across all championship rounds. All rallies count towards the final standings.
Look out for: Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, Toyota Yaris.
- Technical Group: Rally 1
- 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 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: 1190kg minimum. 1350kg with driver and co-driver
- 0-100kph in less than 4sec
- Top speed exceeds 200kph