If we were to rate the various types of motorsports in terms of driver involvement, difficulty and skill level, WRC would perhaps top the list with most of the track based racing taking the lower spots. No offense to NASCAR, F1 or any other circuit race for that matter. I think, the majority of you all would agree with me on that. WRC drivers do have balls made of some rather special material. Driving through woods at over 70 mph, sliding around on the slushy road surface can’t be mastered overnight. It needs years of practice and of course talent.
Not often do ordinary people like you and me get to experience a WRC car, let alone drive one. Some auto journalists do get the opportunity once in a while and here’s one such account. Henry Catchpole from EVO recently visited France to drive around in some Citroen rally cars starting with the most basic, front-wheel drive versions to the actualy Citroen DS3R WRC car.
A typical WRC car is powered by a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that is restricted to 300 hp @ 6000 rpm and 325 Nm @ 3250 rpm. Equipped with an all-wheel drive system with trick-differentials, the WRC car is capable of tackling anything from dirt, gravel, slush, snow as well as tarmac.
EVO drives a Citroen DS3R WRC car:
Source: EVO via Youtube