Rally Racing Cars

Nissan Rally Car
In the region Catalonia of Spain, the Rally Catalunya is a motor sport competition that is part of the World Rally Championship. Rally racing is a form of car racing that runs in a point-to-point format rather than the common circuit format. It also o­ne of the few types of motor sport that takes place o­n gravel, snow and ice in addition to asphalt and dirt.

The typical rally course is comprised of a sequence of relatively short, timed stages. This is where the actual competition takes place. In between these points, there are often untimed transport stages where the driver and navigator bring the car under its own power to the starting point of the next section.

This unusual requirement forced rally cars to be unlike any other top-of-the-line, professional racing car. The rally car must be able to perform at normal driving speeds, and the racing team must be able to register it for street use in the country where the course is located. In addition, the rally car must account for the weight of a second passenger, the navigator.

While forcing these features and characteristics o­nto a racecar may seem unusual to the uninitiated, it provides much of the allure for fans of the sport. Technology and mechanical ingenuity are still important components. However, this setup accentuates the skills of the driver and the navigator.

Rally Car
By rule, rally cars are mass-produced automobiles that are aftermarket modified with a roll cage and a five-point safety belt for both the driver and navigator. Rally lights and a rally odometer are the standard equipment. However, there is a wide range of other standard equipment and even performance modifications that the governing body allows depending o­n the class and format of the race. Perhaps the most iconic feature of a rally car is the distinct spoiler, which is a core component of its aerodynamics.