Cars of World Rally Championship

Today we are going to discuss about the FIA WRC (World Rally Championship) Cars that are stripped from a basic Road Legal version to a bare metal shell before completely rebuilding it. WRC Cars are based on the standard Road Legal versions and are identifiable with the type of Car that you buy from your local dealership and that is where the similarities stop. These Fire-Spitting Machines are capable of astonishing achievements on surfaces ranging from rocky and pot-holed dirt tracks to twisty and narrow asphalt lanes. Even rutted roads covered in snow and ice; and reigning supreme in such surfaces with capability of achieving Top Speeds exceeding 200 km/h with ease.

These Cars must maintain peak performance in different conditions where temperatures can swoop down to -30 °C at one round and soar to 30 °C on the next.

So today we will be getting into the certain technical data which will make you easily understand why are these Cars so PowerFULL. The specifications of these Cars differ from each other based on the different categories. There are four categories in World Rally Championship :

  1. WRC
  2. WRC2
  3. WRC3

But out of the four, we shall discuss only two categories, the fastest out of the four and the most basic of them. Fastest being the WRC and the JUNIORWRC being the most basic one.

WRC Car :

Engine Specifications :

  • 6-litre, Fuel Injected, Turbo-Charged, Four Cylinder engines fitted with a 36-mm Air Intake Restrictor
  • Power Output RESTRICTED to 380 BHP
  • Cylinder Block and Head are based on the Standard Road Legal version
  • Modifications are allowed to Crankshafts, Pistons, Cylinder Linings, Valves and Camshafts

Transmission :

  • Permanent Four-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Sequential Gearbox with Paddle-Shift on the Steering Wheel
  • Mechanical Front and Rear Differentials. Active Center Differential

Wheels and Brakes :

  • 7×15 Inch Wheels for Gravel Surfaces, 8×18 Inch Wheels for Asphalt Surfaces
  • 300-mm Diameter Brakes for Gravel Surfaces, 370-mm for Asphalt Surfaces

Minimum Weight :

  • Minimum Weight: 1,190 kg. 1,350 kg with Driver and Navigator/Co-Driver

Specifications of JUNIORWRC Car :

All Competitors in JUNIORWRC category compete in identical 1.0-litre Turbo-Charged Ford Fiesta R2T.

Engine Specifications :

  • 999 cc Turbo-Charged Engine planted with the Ford Eco-Boost Technology
  • 200 BHP Power at 6,500 RPM
  • 290 Nm Torque at 4,000 RPM

Transmission :

  • Five-Speed Sequential Gearbox with plated Limited Slip Differential

Wheels and Brakes :

  • OZ Racing Tyres – 6×15” for Gravel Surfaces/6.5×16” for Asphalt Surfaces/5 Stud Hub
  • Hydraulic Hand-Brake with Alcon Master Cylinder, Alcon Competition Calipers, Ventilated AP Racing Front Discs (285-mm Diameter for Gravel Surfaces, 310-mm Diameter for Tarmac Surfaces). Rear Alcon Solid Discs having Diameter of 280-mm

Electronics :

  • Life Racing’s F-88 Engine Control Unit
  • 3-Stage Anti-Lag System
  • M-Sport Power Distribution Unit

Minimum Weight :

  • Minimum weight 1030 kg

As you can see the difference between the Basic JUNIORWRC and Top-Of-The-Shelf WRC categories is immense and yet the most basic JUNIORWRC is leaps and bounds ahead of the Cars which we use on daily basis. This once again proves that Motorsports first pushes the limits of a vehicle and it’s components to go fast, which gradually in funneled down to us. Technology proved, tested and passed through the toughest assessments just to keep us Mortal, Normal beings safe.

With this we conclude our article and hope we further increased the depth of your Automobile and Motorsports Vision.

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