World Rally Championship (WRC), the highest category of rally competition, is an annual championship series for the titles of drivers' world rally champion, co-drivers' world rally champion and constructors' world rally champion. The cycle consists of a dozen rounds, which are three-day rallies held around the world. 1)
The teams need to prepare several sets of different tires due to changing weather conditions around the world throughout the season. Teams have 62 tires per vehicle, which include soft, hard and intermediate compounds 2).
WRC Cars along the stages can easily exceed 130 decibels of noise. Levels above 80 decibels can be dangerous to your hearing. 3)
When they receive their three regular services, the vehicles are timed both on course and off. Early in the day, the first service is 15 minutes, the second is 30 minutes and the final is 45 minutes. 4)
The longest rally stage is in Mexico in the mountains of Guanajuato. It's the 20th Super Stage and is 50 miles long. 5)
In more than half a century, a British driver hasn't won the Monte Carlo Rally. 6)
Rally drivers are exposed to intense temperatures when driving. During the Argentinian event, temperatures in the cabin reach up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). At Rally Sweden, cabin temperatures drop as low as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit)7).
In 2021, the oldest event on the WRC calendar marks its 110th anniversary. Over that time, due to the constantly changing, wintery weather in the French Alps, the rally has gained a reputation as one of the most challenging in the world, bringing ice and snow to asphalt roads. 8)
During the Recce (which is short for reconnaissance) crews travel at slow speeds through the special stages in order to make pace notes detailing the route. The cars, although fitted with a protective roll cage as well as sump guards and off-road tires to deal with rugged terrain, are typical road-going versions. It's a vital part of the planning for the rally. 9)
The Power Stage is the final stage of a rally event. It is run over a shorter distance than previous stages, which makes it ideal for broadcasting. These stages are of added value, as the five fastest drivers (5-4-3-2-1) receive extra points, raising the intensity in this final sprint. 10)